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Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling expected to drop out of governor's race

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) -

Several sources have confirmed that Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling has pulled out of the race for governor.

Bolling is expected to officially end his campaign as soon as this weekend.

It is a bit of a surprising shakeup, especially since he has been inching his way to that top spot for a little more than five years now.

This may leave the field open for Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to snag the Republican nomination.

The big question many of you may be asking this morning is why?

Here is one theory. Republicans now select their candidates in a convention and not a statewide primary. These conventions usually bring out the die-hards, and some say that Bolling is not popular with that group, particularly some members of the Tea Party.

However, Cuccinelli is.

The race is not just changing on the Republican side. Just last week, former governor Mark Warner said 'no thanks' to running for his old spot. He was considered to be a strong contender for Democrats.

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