"Cuccinelli is an intellectual heavyweight," said Gary C. Byler, a longtime GOP activist and chairman of the state's 2nd Congressional District Republican Committee. "He's a philosophical leader."
Cuccinelli's bid for Va. governor upsets Bolling and his backers →
"We all appreciate what Bill Bolling's done for the party," he said. "Nobody I've spoken to has said anything bad about Bill Bolling. They're just excited about Ken Cuccinelli."