Bill Bolling quit because Romney lost

In part, anyway. Laura Vozzella reports on why the Virginia lieutenant governor ended his campaign

Bolling had known he faced an uphill battle since that about-face in mid-June. But he decided to push on, pinning some of his hopes on the presidential race. Bolling had been a Mitt Romney supporter since the former Massachusetts governor ran for president four years ago. And twice, Bolling was chairman of Romney’s Virginia campaign effort.

A Romney win could have helped Bolling in several ways, his advisers thought. There was a chance that McDonnell, who had been mentioned often as a potential running mate for Romney, would be given a Cabinet position. If McDonnell moved on before his term was up, Bolling would have finished it, enjoying the advan­tages of running as an incumbent.

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Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.

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