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Sarah Palin: Inside Her Decision Not To Run

Spencer Platt/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Sarah Palin kept her decision not to enter the 2012 presidential race shrouded in secrecy until the last minute -- even to her closest confidants.

ABC News has learned that members of Palin’s staff were only very recently informed that she wouldn’t be running and that an announcement would likely come Wednesday, but they were not informed of the exact details of how the information would be released. As recently as Tuesday afternoon, it was said Palin staffers still did not know whether she was running.

Palin made her decision known Wednesday, releasing a statement to ABC News and telling radio host Mark Levin that she will not be a candidate for president in 2012.

A source with knowledge of the inner workings of SarahPAC said staff members’ initial reaction is that they don’t anticipate any major changes into how SarahPAC will be run after the announcement. Their status hasn’t changed: they didn’t work for a candidate yesterday and they don’t work for one today.

Palin told Levin her family supports her decision and that “they came first.” She said the consideration of what the candidacy would do to her family “weighed heavily on her.”

Staff and close confidants always said the decision would be made with her husband Todd and released when she was ready. As recently as Tuesday afternoon, Palin staffers still did not know whether she was running.

Her endorsement will likely be sought out by the 2012 contenders and she said she wouldn’t run a third party campaign saying it would “guarantee Obama’s re-election, and that’s the last thing our Republic can afford.”

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