By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said today he is not going to run for president again in 2016.

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Republican strategists in Pennsylvania and elsewhere say they’re not surprised by Romney’s decision.

To some, it was almost more of a surprise that Romney was ever talking about getting back into the race, given his wife’s “never again” pronouncement after the 2012 campaign.

Philadelphia-based political consultant Jeff Jubelirer thinks family concerns were primary to Romney’s decision.

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“I’m not saying they didn’t have a change of heart or he hadn’t convinced them, but that was always something in the back — to go through another race.  I can only imagine it’s hell,” Jubelirer says.

But strategic concerns played a role too, thinks John Brabender, a Santorum campaign adviser.

“There wasn’t sort of the coalescing around him that he was hoping to see, so I do think with a really strong field of Republican candidates, everybody’s taking a I-want-to-get-to-know-all-the-candidates-better-and-I’m-not-going-to-make-any-determinations-early (stance),” Brabender tells KYW Newsradio.

The announcement still leaves a crowded field fighting to face a Democrat who’s likely to have an easier path to nomination.

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