Carol Boigon dropping out of Denver mayor's race, endorsing Michael Hancock

Denver City Councilwoman Carol Boigon has run one of the more aggressive mayoral campaigns to date -- but it's over.

According to campaign spokeswoman C.L. Harmer, Boigon is dropping out of the race, and she'll endorse fellow councilman Michael Hancock at a 10:30 a.m. press conference.

Harmer confirms an earlier report about Boigon's decision by the Denver Post, whose most recent poll showed her with 8 percent support among respondents as compared to 22 percent for Chris Romer and James Mejia and 18 percent for Hancock. And while Harmer declines to go into detail in advance of the formal announcement, she notes that Boigon "can read the tea leaves. Her path to victory would be a negative one, and that's not Carol."

Maybe so, but Boigon's campaign commercials didn't shy away from references to other candidates. In an ad released last week, she declared that medical marijuana is "not a jobs program" -- an assertion widely viewed as a shot against fellow hopeful Doug Linkhart. And a previous spot claimed that she stood out from other candidates, including Hancock, due to her opposition to city council pay raises. See that commercial below.

More from our Politics archive: "Michael Hancock's new commercial the ad to beat in Denver mayor's race (VIDEOS)."

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