Governor Malloy (CT) Will Not Seek Third Term

Gov. Dannel P. Malloy will announce Thursday that he is not seeking a third term, a Capitol source said.
The Democratic governor, dragged down by historically low popularity ratings, will announce the news at a hastily called 2 p.m. press conference at the state Capitol...
His second term had a markedly different tone--the once hyper engaged governor was seen by some as less focused on state matters as he traveled the country campaigning for Hillary Clinton. It was widely believed that Malloy would land a job in the Clinton presidential administration but that likelihood was dashed when she lost to Republican Donald Trump.

Source: Hartford Courant

Governor Malloy’s decision shouldn’t come as much of a shock to most watching the state of Connecticut. He has polled near the bottom of Governors in approval ratings (currently the worst ranked Democratic Governor per Morning Consult), and a plethora of candidates have signaled their desire to jump in. Malloy won narrowly in 2010, beating Republican Tom Foley by just 0.5%, and won a narrow re-election in 2014, again defeating Foley but by 2.6%. Despite a midterm cycle that could prove favorable to the Democrats nationally, his personal numbers would have made him the most vulnerable Democratic incumbent heading into 2018.