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  Mike Huckabee won’t run for president in 2012
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Last EditedCOSDem  May 14, 2011 08:04pm
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News DateSunday, May 15, 2011 02:00:00 AM UTC0:0
DescriptionFormer Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee will not run for president in 2012, taking himself out of contention despite polling that suggested he would be a strong player for the nomination.

“All the factors say go,” Huckabee said during a live, final segment of his eponymous Fox News Channel show. “But my heart says no.”

Huckabee noted that while all of the “external” factors pointed toward him running, he only found an “inexplicable inner peace” when he decided not to enter the race.

Anticipation for the announcement had been building since early Friday when Huckabee touted a “very important announcement”to be made Saturday night. He spoke in only the vaguest terms about what he say and even his closest political allies did not know what his decision would be.

Huckabee’s decision not to run almost certainly guarantees a more wide-open contest as his vote share, which, in most polling was between 25 and 30 percent, is now up for grabs.
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