Former Arkansas Gov. and Fox News talk show host Mike Huckabee said his decision not to enter the 2012 Republican race for the White House is largely spiritual.
Huckabee made the announcement this weekend on his Fox News cable program.
He told his viewers while he believes he would make a good president, he does not feel led to seek his party's nomination.
"It really came down for me to a very personal, a very intimate and -- as I explained last night in the announcement -- a spiritual decision," Huckabee said.
"Sometimes, people ask me, 'Does God speak to me in an audible voice?' And the truth is, no. It's a lot louder than that," he explained. "But I do believe that for those of us who are believers, there is a sense of peace."
"And I'll put it this way, Chris," he continued. "Last night, I laid my head on the pillow and had a very good night's sleep and I was at peace with the decision."
The 55-year-old Baptist minister insisted that he could have captured the GOP nomination, citing polls that showed he could score strong even in the Northeast and among the less conservative rank-and-file party members.
"All the factors say go, but my heart says no," he said.
Huckabee joins Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, South Dakota Sen. John Thune, and Indiana Rep. Mike Pence on the sidelines of the 2012 presidential election.
Political analysts say his announcement makes an already wide open Republican field even more unpredictable.
For now, Huckabee will wait to endorse another candidate.