Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, a Baptist pastor turned cable news star, announced yesterday he won't run for the Republican presidential nomination in 2012.
"My answer is clear and firm: I will not seek the Republican nomination for president," Huckabee, now a Fox News commentator who ran for presidential nomination in 2008, said. He called it a "spiritual" choice that contradicted support he saw in opinion polls.
"All the factors say go, but my heart says no," said Mr Huckabee (55).
"It completely changes the race," said Rich Bond, a former chairman of the Republican National Committee. "Removing the Iowa front-runner from the race is a very big deal."