Barring any surprises, the candidate tally for the B.C. Liberal leadership race appears to have solidified at a stable four, following a Wednesday announcement from Solicitor-General Rich Coleman —long touted as a possible contender — that he is not interested in seeking the premiership.

Coleman’s declaration comes on the heels of similar statements of disinterest from Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and former finance minister Carole Taylor, both of whom had also been widely considered possible front-runners.

The highest-profile holdout now remains former deputy premier Christy Clark. Having already taken a leave of absence from her CKNW radio show to mull her political future, Clark made a last-minute cancellation of a scheduled appearance at the Vancouver Board of Trade Wednesday, a move that will likely fuel further speculation.

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