(LA Times)– Indiana Rep. Mike Pence, seen as a rising star among conservatives, announced to his supporters that he will not mount a presidential run in 2012.
Though he stopped short of a formal announcement, Pence strongly suggested that he will instead seek the governorship of Indiana next year.
“In the choice between seeking national office and serving Indiana in some capacity, we choose Indiana,” Pence told supporters in an e-mail message sent Thursday afternoon. “We will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.”
Pence gave up his post in the House Republican leadership this year, a move seen as setting the stage for a potential run. He had already made waters-testing visits to Iowa and New Hampshire, the two states that lead off the presidential nominating process.
In September, Pence was the surprise winner of a straw poll of attendees at the Values Voters Summit, a gathering of national conservative activists in Washington.