Palin Will Step Down
Alaska Gov. keeps her options open for 2012 presidential run
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 3, 2009 3:22 PM CDT
Republican Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin waves as she arrives at a Republican congressional fundraiser, Monday, June 8, 2009, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
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(Newser) – Sarah Palin will resign as Alaska governor July 26 rather than seek re-election next year, she said today. Giving up the governorship opens up Palin’s schedule to devote herself for a possible bid for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination, KTUU-TV reports. Lt. Gov. Sean Parnell will become governor.

At a news conference outside her home, Palin said she’d decided not to run for re-election next year, the Anchorage Daily News adds, and that her aversion to “politics as usual” led her to resign immediately and avoid “the conventional ‘lame duck’ status.” Continued Palin, 45: “I look forward to helping others—to fight for our state and our country, and campaign for those who believe in smaller government, free enterprise, strong national security, support for our troops and energy independence.” She took no questions afterward.