RICHMOND (AP) — Virginia Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling says he won't run for governor in 2013.
In a statement released Wednesday, Mr. Bolling said the state GOP's decision to pick the party's 2013 nominees through a convention creates too many obstacles for his campaign to overcome.
His decision leaves the Republican gubernatorial race wide open for Attorney General Kenneth T. Cuccinelli II.
The convention nominating method favors the more conservative Mr. Cuccinelli.
Mr. Bolling said he plans to remain involved in the 2013 campaigns and wants to ensure that candidates focus on important issues facing Virginia and offer a "positive and realistic vision" for leading the state.