Gov. Nikki Haley will not become the next chairman of the Republican Governors Association.
"Gov. Haley has expressed to me that she does not wish to seek a leadership role in the RGA at this time so that her focus can remain on her duties to South Carolina," New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the RGA chairman, said in a statement Monday.
A new chairman will be elected during the RGA's annual conference next week. Haley will be on a trade mission to India during the conference in Boca Raton, Fla.
Haley, who won re-election last week, has served on the RGA's executive committee since 2011. She and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence were reportedly vying to succeed Christie, a 2016 presidential hopeful.
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The door remains open for Haley to possibly become chairman during the White House election year. South Carolina receives a great deal of of attention in presidential elections because the state holds the first primaries in the South.