FORMER Queensland premier Campbell Newman has ruled himself out of the running for the federal seat of Brisbane, as Trevor Evans emerged as the likely Liberal National Party candidate.
There was some speculation Mr Newman could throw his hat in the ring for the federal campaign following incumbent MP Teresa Gambaro's decision to retire from politics at the next election.
But the former premier and lord mayor of Brisbane confirmed to News Corp on Thursday afternoon he would not run and that he would support Mr Evans in his bid.
Mr Evans, the National Retail Association chief executive, has emerged at the most likely candidate for the seat going into the next election.
Mr Evans, who last year came close to launching what would likely have been a successful preselection challenge against Ms Gambaro, told his staff on Thursday that he intended to nominate.
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