From NBC's Mark Murray
First Read has confirmed the news that embattled New York Gov. David Paterson (D) is dropping his bid for election, according to a top Democratic Party official with knowledge of the decision.
The news comes after the New York Times reported that Paterson had personally intervened in a domestic violence matter involving a top aide, and it also comes after Paterson had officially launched his campaign for governor last weekend.
Paterson's decision opens the door wide open for Andrew Cuomo (D) to enter the race.