Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, a Republican, told a dinner crowd Wednesday night in Richmond to save March 14 for a big announcement, according to the Associated Press.
Bolling, 55, decided to quit the Republican race for Virginia governor after conservatives loyal to his intraparty rival, Cuccinelli, took a majority of seats on the state GOP's central committee and opted for a closed nominating convention instead of an open primary.
Bolling "has been very successful in staking out positions that have gotten him a lot of attention this year," Stephen Farnsworth, a political science professor at the University of Mary Washington, told the Washington Examiner, in a report published Sunday. "If Bolling is planning on not running, it doesn't seem likely he'd be nearly this visible."
Bolling and his wife have two sons and live in Mechanicsville, a suburb of Richmond. He is a vice president of a Virginia insurance company.
A January Quinnipiac University poll showed Bolling garnering 13 percent of the vote for Virginia governor with Cuccinelli and McAuliffe getting 34 percent each. The election is in November.
Cuccinelli, 44, who lives with his wife and seven children in Prince William County, announced his bid for governor on March 22.
McAuliffe, who lives with his wife and five children in McLean, threw his hat in the ring Nov. 8. McAuliffe, former head of the Democratic National Committee, plans to open a campaign office Saturday in Rosslyn. He turns 56 that day. He owns an electric car company.
McAuliffe ran an unsuccessful bid to be the Democratic nominee in 2009 but lost to Creigh Deeds. Deeds lost the general election to Republican Bob McDonnell.
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