Virginia Lieutenant Gov. Bill Bolling on Tuesday announced he will not launch an independent candidacy for the Virginia governor's race, once again clearing a path for a showdown between Republican State Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and former Democratic National Committee Chairman Terry McAuliffe this year.
"In many ways I would have enjoyed participating in such a campaign a great deal and I think it could have been good for Virginia. However, after a great deal of consideration I have decided that I will not be an Independent candidate for Governor this year," Bolling said in a statement.
Bolling listed several factors that contributed to his decision, including fundraising challenges as an independent, the necessity to sever ties with the GOP, and what he views to be a hyperpartisan political climate. "I just don’t find the political process to be as enjoyable as I once did," he said.
Bolling had originally launched a campaign for the 2013 race as a Republican, but dropped his bid in late November citing a desire to avoid divisions within the Republican Party.