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The longest-serving legislator in Virginia history, 84-year-old Del. Lacey Putney of Bedford, is retiring after 52 sessions in the Virginia General Assembly.
Virginia's not the only electoral battleground with a Republican-ruled legislature where President Barack Obama mopped up last year en route to re-election. But it is the first to act on an ambitious menu of Republican legislation aimed at preventing another Democratic triumph.
Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling's exit from the governor's race could tear a chasm within the Republican Party between conservatives and moderates just weeks after the party suffered disappointing losses at the polls and just ahead of next year's high-profile gubernatorial contest.
A day after bowing out of the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race, Lt. Gob. Bill Bolling questions the ability of the likely Republican nominee to serve in the state's highest office. Bolling also offered more hints at how he would continue to serve the state.
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