Richard Bolger, a Fairfax attorney, announced today he is suspending his campaign for the Democratic nomination to succeed the retiring Frank Wolf ( R ) in Virginia's 10th Congressional District.
Bolger's decision to bow out paves an open path for Fairfax County Supervisor John Foust (D) to secure his party's nomination. Foust was already considered the front-runner by Democratic party officials.
The Democratic nominee will square-off with the winner of a crowded field of Republicans seeking the GOP nod. Republicans will select their candidate April 26 through a firehouse primary at nearly a dozen locations throughout the 10th District, which is based in Northern Virginia and stretches out to Clarke and Frederick counties.
“My team and I have taken a hard look at the present situation,” Bolger said in a prepared statement. “As a result, I have decided it would be in the best interests of all involved for me to stand down and endorse John Foust as the candidate with the best shot at winning the seat in November. That is why I have reached out to John and told him I am suspending my campaign and will be supporting his candidacy.”
Wolf has held the seat since 1981.