Gov. Bill Ritter will announce today that he is withdrawing from the 2010 race for governor, numerous sources close to the governor confirmed Tuesday night.
Ritter told other Democrats the job was taking a toll on his family and he could not be successful as a father and husband while running for governor, according to those briefed on the calls. Ritter has one school-age child living with him and wife Jeannie in the Governor's Residence. Three others are grown or in college but still nearby.
Sources said Ritter's office contacted key legislators asking them to be available for a news conference today at which Ritter will make his announcement following a morning meeting with his Cabinet.