Coming as quite a shock to many Virginia Republicans, Bill Bolling will end his candidacy for Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Bolling is currently serving a second term as Lieutenant Governor for Virginia.
Bolling's move will clear the way for Ken Cuccinelli's bid for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2013. As Bolling and Cuccinelli were the only candidates seeking the nomination, current Virginia Attorney General, Cuccinelli, will have a direct path to winning the nomination at the Republican Party of Virginia Convention in May of 2013.
The clear question now is, what will Bill Bolling do? Will Bolling run for Governor as a Independent candidate? Or, will he seek a third term as Lieutenant Governor in 2013?
With over seven candidates seeking the Republican nomination for LG in 2013, Bolling's relevance is in question. If he were to go for another term, he would be a formidable candidate amidst a pool of GOP light and heavyweight candidates for Lieutenant Governor. Of the candidates, Bolling would be tested for the nomination by E.W. Jackson, former VA Victory Chair Pete Snyder, State Senator Steve Martin and others.
Only time and Bill Bolling will reveal his ultimate rationale and political plan of action.