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Jon Stewart to Jon Huntsman: 'I Know This Is Hard For You, But It's Over' (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 01/12/12 09:26 AM ET Updated: 01/12/12 11:58 AM ET

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Tuesday's New Hampshire primary had its fair share of surprises. For one, Mitt Romney became the first Republican non-incumbent to win both the primary and the Iowa Caucuses, and wildcard Ron Paul came in second place despite the media's attempts to ignore him.

But what surprised "The Daily Show" host Jon Stewart the most, and what he spent the most time talking about on Wednesday night's episode, was New Hampshire's third-place "winner" Jon Huntsman, whose post-primary behavior might have been a bit more exuberant than necessary. With confetti flying and victorious hands raised high above his head, Huntsman declared his coming in third as "A ticket to ride."

"A ticket to ride home... In coach," Stewart clarified.

The most curious aspect of Huntsman placing third, as Stewart pointed out, is that he's essentially lived in New Hampshire for a year. And considering he's the kind of salt-of-the-earth guy the Granite State might adore, Stewart attributed his less than stellar performance to his ability to speak Mandarin and that time he flaunted it at a recent debate:

"I cant believe that's not impressive to a Republican primary audience, who won't even eat Mandarin oranges because they don't want to take jobs away from American fruit," Stewart joked.

In the end, Stewart asks Huntsman to meet him at camera three for a reality check:

"I know this is hard for you, but it's over."

Watch the full segment above.

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