Monday, June 13, 2011 - 7:52am

Steve Handelsman reports on the state of the Republican Presidental field, three days before the big debate in New Hampshire.

In Alaska on Friday, 24-thousand pages of messages were released to news organizations.

They're Sarah Palin's e-mails, sent and received when she was governor of Alaska, from December, 2006 through her vice presidential campaign with John McCain.

The e-mails were not for public consumption, Palin said Sunday.

Some were on a Yahoo account she used to try to keep the content secret.

Palin warns her e-mails could be taken out of context as she considers a presidential run.

Candidate Newt Gingrich has a bigger problem.

His top staff resigned en masse, giving up on the former speaker, who they say refused to raise money or work hard in Iowa.

He says, it's not over.

"Wanna say first of all I am candidate because I think we are in the early stages of the Obama depression," said Gingrich.

Gingrich in trouble ramped up speculation that Texas governor Rick Perry might run and helped Tim Pawlenty, who grabbed a top Gingrich staffer.

Mitt Romney opted out of Republican straw polls.

It's an admission that Romney fears he could lose the widely watched august straw poll in Iowa, where social conservatives might reject Romney's focus on dollars and cents.

"The economy overall has been terribly mismanaged by the president. I don't think there's any way he can defend his economic record," said Romney.

But the major focus is on a republican whose decision whether to run might depend on what's revealed in the e-mails from her last job.

Palin critics admit that they hope what's revealed are embarrassing improprieties and unprofessionalism.

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