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Is Sarah Palin's political career kaput?

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(Read caption) Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin greets supporters at The Machine Shed restaurant, in Urbandale, Iowa, in September.

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Sarah Palin has decided not to run for president, and that’s probably a wise choice. At this point it’s really too late for her to put together a full-on national campaign. Plus, her numbers weren’t looking good.

One-third of Republican voters view her unfavorably, according to a just-released CBS poll. Bring in Democrats and independents, and half the US electorate thinks negative thoughts when they hear the word “Palin”.

With numbers like that, it’s hard to see how she could have won.

Yes, she might have won a primary or two. But look at the head-to-head matchups. Right now a Mitt Romney-President Obama race would be very close, according to the RealClearPolitics rolling average of major surveys. The two are essentially tied.

But Palin vs. Obama? That would be a blow-out. Obama leads her by almost 13 points, at 51.8 percent to 39 percent.

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