Riggleman drops bid for Republican nomination in VA Governor's race

Riggleman drops bid for Republican nomination in VA Governor's race

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Republican Denver Riggleman announced he was dropping his bid for governor saying circumstances were forcing him to suspend a campaign he felt was "catching fire."

"Based on business considerations, resource shortages, and family health issues, I have no other choice but to suspend my campaign for Governor today," Riggleman announced on his Facebook page. "I want to thank everyone who has supported me, and those that were willing to donate to our cause. Their sacrifices will not be in vein, because the Whiskey Rebellion will continue. Stay tuned."

Riggleman, who owns Silverback distillery in Afton, hinted at more to come in the future, saying, "This has been amazing, but it's not over yet."

Ed Gillespie remains the front-runner in the polls with three months until the Republican primary. Gillespie must now fight off Virginia Beach Senator Frank Wagner and Prince William Board of Supervisors Chair Corey Stewart in the race.

"I've had the opportunity to spend time with Denver on the campaign trail and it confirmed for me what I thought when he got into this race: He is a good man who is concerned about the size and scope of government like I am," said Gillespie in a statement. "He has been a voice for Virginians who feel left behind and ignored by government, or worse.  I know that Denver will continue to find ways to serve our Commonwealth and our country."

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