Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin has told associates that she will not seek re-election next year, freeing her to pursue a White House bid in 2012, according to two GOP sources.
Palin is to make her decision known later this afternoon from her home in Wasilla with her husband, Todd, and family by her side.
By not running for re-election, Palin liberates herself from the political constraints that come with running for president while still in elected office.
Leaving office at the end of next year,
Obviously, it's now all but certain that Palin will run for the Presidency in 2012. This is also what I recommended she do if she were to run.
(UPDATE) Fox News is reporting that Palin won't merely not run for re election but will step down as Governor later this month.