Donald Trump's decision not to seek the Republican nomination for president next year has some political observers breathing a sigh of relief.
"I will not be running for president as much as I'd like to," the reality star and business mogul said in a statement released Monday.
Trump's public musings about seeking the presidency have grabbed headlines for weeks. Now that he's no longer a part of the 2012 presidential landscape, many wonder how serious he was about seeking the presidency.
"He was more serious than a lot of people realize," Jim McLaughlin, one of the consultants working closely with Trump, told ABC News. "He definitely had a path to victory -- it would have been a tough path."
Political observer Quinn Hillyer saw the matter differently.
"You and I had a better chance of being elected president than Donald Trump," Hillyer bluntly told CBN News' Lee Webb.
"He was a carnival act, and even though he's been a success in business, he was not a serious candidate and it's just as well that he stops pretending to be one," Hillyer stated.
Trump said he will be sticking with his hit reality show, NBC's "The Celebrity Apprentice."
With Trump and Mike Huckabee having dropped out of the 2012 presidential race, many conservatives are wondering who will be the next GOP front runner.
CBN News Sr. Political Correspondent David Brody addressed that issue and others on the CBN News Channel's Midday News, May 17.