WILTON, Conn. (AP) – Wilton state Sen. Toni Boucher says she has decided against seeking the Republican nomination for governor this year and will run for a fourth term in the legislature instead.

Boucher announced Tuesday that she is dissolving her exploratory committee for statewide office.

She cited an inability to meet fundraising goals.

Her committee raised nearly $85,000.

Boucher leaves a crowded field of GOP gubernatorial candidates that includes Greenwich businessman Tom Foley, Fairfield state Sen. John McKinney, Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton, Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti and West Hartford Town Councilman Joe Visconti.

Democratic Gov. Dannel P. Malloy hasn’t yet announced whether he is running for re-election.

Malloy narrowly beat Foley in 2010.

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