In a surprise announcement, Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour took himself out of the 2012 presidential race on Monday.
"I will not be a candidate for president next year," he said in a statement." This has been a difficult personal decision."
Update: Barbour had lined up a top-tier staff, including, sources close to Barbour's campaign tell The Hotline, a campaign manager. Barbour was accompanied on a recent campaign swing by Rob Collins, a veteran Republican strategist who would have led the governor's campaign. Collins had served as chief of staff to Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) and as executive director of the American Action Network before leaving earlier this year.
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Correction: This post misstated the date during which Collins traveled with Barbour.