Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton, announced Tuesday she has ended her exploratory campaign for governor to seek re-election to the state Senate.
“From the start, I committed to putting my best effort into raising the funds and enlisting the delegate support necessary for a successful candidacy, and to making a decision early enough to ensure that my constituents in the 26th State Senate district would be well served. While we have made considerable progress toward our fundraising goals, it is unlikely that we will be able to reach them in the time that remains,” Boucher said in an emailed statement.
“Exploring a run for governor has been an extraordinary journey,” Boucher said. “I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support from across my district and the state.”
Boucher was supported for the GOP nomination in a Quinnipiac University poll last week by just 2 percent of Republicans.
“Exploring a run for governor has been an extraordinary journey,” Boucher wrote. “I have been deeply moved by the outpouring of support from across my district and the state.”
Five Republicans have declared their candidacy for governor: Tom Foley of Greenwich, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Senate Minority Leader John P. McKinney of Fairfield, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and Joseph Visconti of West Hartford.
Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, the first-term Democratic governor, has said he will not announce his re-election until after the legislative session concludes in May.