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Independent Candidate for Governor? Bill Bolling Drops Hint

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Rumors that Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling could make an independent run for governor are gathering momentum in Richmond, based largely on words from the man himself.

Bolling was a featured speaker at Wednesday's annual Virginia Capitol Correspondents Association crossover dinner. Between the jokes and the political jabs he dropped a hint, telling reporters to mark their calendars for March 14.

It is not clear what Bolling meant, but if there is an announcement planned, analysts at the University of Virginia's Center for Politics say it wouldn't be too far-fetched to assume it concerns his position in the race for governor. And if he does enter the race, they say he'll need deep pockets.

"To launch an independent bid, outside of the normal two-party system, you have to have a lot of money," said Geoff Skelley, UVA Center for Politics analyst. "And so maybe Bolling is going to have that money."

According to Skelley, this could be the first time since the mid-1960s that a third-party gubernatorial candidate has a chance of winning more than 10 percent of the popular vote. And because some have doubted the strength of candidates Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, Skelley says Bolling could shake things up if he chooses to run.

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