Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling said Wednesday that he has been polling voters and meeting with business leaders to gauge the viability of an independent bid for governor.

Bolling (R) said he was considering a run as a third-party candidate when he suspended his campaign for the Republican nomination in November. But some political observers doubted his seriousness, even as he went on over the next month to become uncharacteristically vocal on a number issues, including uranium mining and arming school teachers.

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