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I'm out: Palin will not be running for president. Stephan Savoia/AP/Press Association Images

Sarah Palin says she won't run for president in 2012

The former governor of Alaska has been considered a possible contender since the last election in 2008.

SARAH PALIN HAS said she will not be running for the US presidential election next year.

The former Republican vice presidential nominee had for many months indicated her openness to entering the primary race to be the Republican Party candidate for the election in November of next year.

She has garnered significant support amongst some US conservatives and the influential Tea Party movement.

But, according to Politico she has released a statement to conservative talk show host Mark Levin indicating that she will not be running. Levin appeared to confirm this on Twitter tonight.

A statement carried on Politico reads:

I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When we serve, we devote ourselves to God, family and country. My decision maintains this order.

Palin’s decision comes a day after Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, ruled himself out of the race.

It means that American voters are likely to see the eventual Republican nominee emerge from the current field of candidates to face Barack Obama in the election late next year. Polls indicate the former governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney is the favourite to be the nominee.

Primaries and caucuses to select the Republican Party candidate will take place in states across the US early next year.

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