By ERRIN HAINES AND LAURA VOZZELLAWashington Post 11/29/2012 (Metered Pay Wall)
Virginia’s gubernatorial races traditionally have been genteel affairs, featuring polite candidates extolling centrist views. But Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling’s decision Wednesday not to seek the Republican nomination for governor sets up an uncharacteristically partisan contest in an increasingly independent state. Barring unforeseen opposition, Virginians will probably be left to decide next year between two outspoken candidates with national profiles: state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli II (R), a conservative firebrand, and businessman Terry McAuliffe, who headed the national Democratic Party in the 1990s.