Republicans out of the race for president
Sarah Palin, former governor of Alaska and former vice presidential candidateAfter months of leaving voters and her fans guessing, Palin said in a statement on Oct. 5 that she and her husband Todd "devote ourselves to God, family and country." She said her decision not to run for president maintains that order.
John McCain plucked Palin from relative obscurity in 2008 by naming her as his running mate. She electrified Republican activists for a while, but Palin later seemed overwhelmed by the national spotlight, faltering at times in televised interviews.
Palin's announcement not to run was much anticipated but not greatly surprising. Her popularity had plummeted in polls lately, even though she remained a darling to many hard-core conservatives.