Virginia Lt. Gov. Bolling won’t wage independent bid for governor

March 12, 2013

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (R), who toyed with the idea of waging an independent campaign for governor this year, has decided not to run.

Bolling had been eyeing a run for the GOP nomination, but was left little path to victory when the more conservative Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) entered the race. Instead, he thought about running as an independent -- a move that polling suggested would draw significant votes in the race from the two polarizing candidates, Cuccinelli and former DNC chairman Terry McAuliffe and would have significantly recast the race.

The Post's Virginia Politics team has the story.

Bolling, notably, didn't endorse his fellow Republican.

"I wish Mr. McAuliffe and Mr. Cuccinelli well as they begin their campaigns," Bolling says in his statement, which can be read here.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix, the Post’s top political blog.
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