Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has known since June, when rules for the GOP gubernatorial nomination got changed in the middle of the game, that he had an uphill battle against Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II.

Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling walks past a statue of Thomas Jefferson along with his wife, Jean Ann, as he heads to a news conference at the Capitol, Thursday, in Richmond. (Steve Helber/Associated Press)

What transpired in between? Read all about that here.

The short version: Bolling tried to revamp his campaign for a nominating convention and partly pinned his hopes on a Mitt Romney win.

The latter could have helped Bolling in several ways, Bolling aides say. Perhaps by sending Gov. Robert F. McDonnell to Washington for a Cabinet post and elevating Bolling to the governor's mansion. Or simply by giving Bolling, a longtime supporter of the former Massachusetts governor, the backing of a sitting president.

In the aftermath of Romney’s loss, and with a big Virginia Republican retreat looming, Bolling and his wife Jean Ann took time over Thanksgiving to mull his next move. They made their final decision Monday to drop out.

Check out Friday’s story for more details about how Bolling made his decision.