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Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling Might Run for Governor as an Independent This Year

Published on December 13, 2012, by in General.

For some weeks, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Bill Bolling has allowed speculation about his possible run for Governor this year to percolate. If he runs, he will run as an independent. The Republican Party is expected to nominate Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli for Governor at the statewide nominating convention in May, 2013. Bolling was also elected as a Republican, in the last election in 2009. Virginia does not have registration by party. See this story. The headline of the story is misleading; it implies he might not be allowed to run, but what it means is that people doubt he could win. However, Virginia elected Harry F. Byrd, Jr., as an independent U.S. Senator in both 1970 and 1976.

The article quotes Virgil Goode on the difficulties of completing a statewide petition in Virginia if one doesn’t have a great deal of money.

Virginia is one of two states that elects its Governor in 2013; the other is New Jersey. Thanks to Peter Gemma for the link.

2 Responses

  1. Virgil Goode actually got elected to Congress as an Independent in 2000. In 1971, State Senator Henry Howell, a former Democrat, was elected lieutenant governor as an Independent.

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