Cuccinelli's move forces Republicans to take sides

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Associated Press

Posted on December 4, 2011 at 5:06 PM

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli's decision to run for governor in 2013 has already forced the state's top Republican to take sides in a nomination battle still 18 months away.

Gov. Bob McDonnell says he will stand by his promise to support Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling as his successor. And he's just the first Republican who will have to choose allegiances.

On Thursday, for the first time, Cuccinelli himself confirmed anonymously sourced news reports of his gubernatorial race in a letter to the attorney general's staff.

The decision also leaves Republicans with ambitions for statewide office positioning themselves for a bid for attorney general.

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