Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour Not Running For President

Strike one candidate out of the GOP field for President in 2012:

Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi said Monday that he has decided against seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, a decision that instantly shook up the party’s field of candidates and set off a scramble among rivals to court donors who had been planning to support his candidacy.

“I will not be a candidate for president next year,” Mr. Barbour said in a statement. “This has been a difficult, personal decision, and I am very grateful to my family for their total support of my going forward, had that been what I decided.”

For months, Mr. Barbour has been traveling to the early-voting states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina, testing his support among Republican activists. He was widely expected to enter the race this week, particularly among contributors and the party establishment, but he said that he was unsure about the long-term commitment.

My guess is he just wasn’t finding the support he wanted. Which is too bad. I don’t think I would have supported Barbour, but to see him bowing out for want of support while an unserious buffoon like Donald Trump leads in the polls is just plain depressing.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com. In 2011 he was a finalist for the Watch Dog of the Year from the Sam Adams Alliance and winner of the Americans For Prosperity Award for Online Excellence. In 2013 the Washington Post named SAB one of the nation's top state-based political blogs, and named Rob one of the state's best political reporters. He writes a weekly column for several North Dakota newspapers, and also serves as a policy fellow for the North Dakota Policy Council.

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