Walker, former lt. governor candidate for GOP nomination, declines Blumenthal challenge in '16

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BRIDGEPORT, Connecticut — David Walker, the former U.S. comptroller general, has taken himself out of the running to challenge U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal.

Walker tells Hearst Connecticut Media (http://bit.ly/1N4aeqK ) he does not plan to oppose the Democratic incumbent next year. He was an unsuccessful candidate last year for the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor.

The 63-year-old Walker took a job as a senior strategic adviser at accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers in Virginia.

Walker also has put his Bridgeport home up for sale.

Connecticut Republicans haven't won a statewide election since Gov. M. Jodi Rell was elected in 2006.

A year before he seeks a second six-year term, Blumenthal has an approval rating of 64 percent. He hasn't yet announced re-election plans, but has warned supporters of Democrats' losses in 2014 and that there is no safe seat.


Information from: Connecticut Post, http://www.connpost.com

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