Mitch Daniels’s decision not to run for president next year left most observers to conclude the Republican primary field is set.
The Indiana governor joined GOP heavy-hitters Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and Sen. John Thune (S.D.) in opting out of a White House bid.
And that leaves just three candidates who fit in easily with the Republican establishment — former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.