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Lt. Gov. Bolling Offers Advice For Virginia's Governor-Elect

Bolling has said he wants to be an 'independent voice' in the commonwealth.
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Bolling has said he wants to be an 'independent voice' in the commonwealth.

Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling is looking ahead after Tuesday's statewide elections.

Some pundits have said that if Bolling had been the nominee in the Governor's race, he would have won. The lieutenant governor opted not seek the Republican nomination after the party switched from a statewide primary to a convention, which was believed to favor Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Bolling says there's no point in rehashing that.

"There's not much to be gained by looking back and saying 'What if?"' Bolling says.

Bolling says that to succeed, Democratic Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe needs to do three things:

"Because he doesn't have a lot of experience in state government, he's going to have to surround himself with people who do have experience with state government," Bolling says.

Second, Bolling says McAuliffe is on the right track by reaching out to Republicans, but he must also include them in his cabinet.

"It's clear that the people of Virginia are still very divided about these candidates, so I think he's going to have to pursue a very moderated political agenda," Bolling says.

Bolling says that to win, Republicans must be both conservative and more inclusive of moderate ideas.

"If you look over the last decade, there have been nine top-of-the-ticket statewide political campaigns in Virginia, and the Democrats have won seven of the nine," he says.

Bolling says if Mark Obenshain should win the still-undecided Attorney General's race, he would be the titular head of the GOP, so it would fall on him to redefine the party.

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