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Sources: Pence Will Not Pursue Presidential Run

Sources say Representative Mike Pence plans to announce he will not run for President and instead will consider launching a campaign for governor.

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Congressman Mike Pence is not planning to run for President and instead may begin exploring a gubernatorial run.

Sources close to Republican Rep. Mike Pence say he will announce he is not running for President in 2012 and will instead begin exploring a run for governor.

These sources say Pence has been flattered by the efforts to nudge him into the GOP presidential race but, as one of the sources put it, “he is a realist and kept coming back to questions about the fund-raising.” The second source said some around Pence also have reminded him of the difficulty of mounting a presidential campaign from the House, and noted that, at age 51, he would have a better platform to explore a presidential run if he first was elected governor.

If Pence announces his run for governor, a state ethics law passed last year would prevent Pence from campaigning immediately for the job. The measure prohibits political fundraising by candidates for statewide office until the completion of the state legislature’s session, which this year is scheduled to finish up in late April.

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