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Bowerbank out of Dem LG Race, backs Wagner

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The race for Lt. Governor thinned out quite a bit on Friday with the news that Russell County businessman Jon Bowerbank has ended campaign and thrown his support behind former State Finance Secretary Jody Wagner.

Wagner will now face Democratic party operative Mike Signer for the number two position on the Democratic ticket in the June primary.

The news of Bowerbank’s decision brought joy from many Wagner supporters, many of whom are also working for or are supporting gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.

McAuliffe and Wagner have not formally endorsed one another but they share many of the same operatives and at least present the appearance of such.

While Wagner’s team must pleased that they have one less opponent to deal with, the argument can be made that Bowerbank dropping out can be helpful for Signer as well. With such a small of potential voters to draw from, in a race that has not gotten much attention, Signer now has a straight head to head match up where all bets are off.

25 days to go until voters pick the nominees. It is just starting to get interesting.

The full release from the Wagner campaign on the Bowerbank withdrawal is after the jump..

**Updated** Mike Signer’s statement on the Bowerbank move is also after the jump…

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Written by Ryan Nobles

May 15, 2009 at 10:27 pm