ABC News’ Devin Dwyer reports: Real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump has bowed out of the presidential race for 2012, but he wants everyone to know the Oval Office was his for the claiming if he wanted it.
“I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election,” Trump said in a statement.
The most recent polling of likely Republican primary voters has shown Trump atop the field of prospective GOP nominees. He was tied with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee with 16 percent of support in a Gallup poll from April 22.
But the same survey found that 44 percent of Republican voters dislike Trump –- a figure much higher than Sarah Palin’s unfavorable rating (25 percent) or Newt Gingrich’s (also 25 percent).
Pollsters say the combination of high negative ratings and high name recognition suggests it would have been difficult for Trump to build support because nearly every Republican already has formed an opinion about him.