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Mitt Romney will not run for US presidency in 2016

Former US Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will not run for president in 2016.

Romney has lost some of his supporters to rival candidates Credit: Reuters

Romney's announcement comes just three weeks after he unexpectedly revealed he was considering a third shot at the White House. The former Massachusetts governor had told a small group of former donors in New York he was thinking about running again.

However, he then discovered that a number of his previous supporters had jumped ship to former Florida governor Jeb Bush.

Romney's exit from the campaign benefits the other favourites of the party's establishment wing including Bush, New Jersey Gov Chris Christie, Florida Sen Marco Rubio and Wisconsin Gov Scott Walker.

Obama maintains narrow lead over Romney

Mitt Romney falls behind in the polls Credit: Reuters

President Barack Obama is still holding a narrow advantage over presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney in three of the most pivotal presidential battleground states - Florida, Ohio and Virginia, according to new NBC-Marist polls.[

](http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/news/2012/05/24/11854807-nbc-polls-obama-edges-romney-in-three-key-battleground-states?lite)More on this from MSNBC

Mitt Romney wins Washington state caucus

Mitt Romney breezed to an easy victory in the Washington state Republican presidential caucuses, earning another momentum boost heading into next week's crucial "Super Tuesday" contests in 10 states.

With about 80 percent of precincts now in, Romney had 36 percent support.

The outcome marked a fourth state win for Romney this week, after the former Massachusetts governor picked up contests in Michigan, Arizona and Wyoming. He also won the other most recent vote, the Maine caucus on February 11.

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