U.S. Rep. Mike Pence of Indiana says he will not seek the Republican nomination for president in 2012.
The Indianapolis Star reports Pence told supporters in a letter Thursday that he will bypass a White House bid. There is no word yet on whether he'll run for Indiana governor, but many in political circles assumed that would be the case since he stepped down last year from his House leadership position.
"I am convinced he is now going to run for governor," said Mike McDaniel, a former state Republican chairman.
Pence's staff did not return repeated phone calls and e-mails to The Associated Press.
The 51-year-old Pence is a darling of social conservatives and often describes himself as "a Christian, a conservative, and a Republican, in that order." He had made multiple trips to states that host early presidential primary contests.