Connecticut Governor Malloy says will not seek re-election in 2018
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 25, 2016. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said on Thursday that he will not seek re-election in 2018, choosing to step down at the end of his second term in office.

"I will focus all my attention and energy - I will use all of my political capital from now through the end of 2018 - to continue implementing my administration's vision for a more sustainable and vibrant Connecticut economy," Malloy, a Democrat who served two terms as governor, said at a news conference in Hartford, the state capital.

A poll released on Tuesday by Morning Consult showed that Malloy was the second-least-popular governor in the United States, with 66 percent of respondents disapproving of the job he had done. That finding was based on a national poll of more than 85,000 registered voters and had a 3 percent margin of error.

Malloy said he would spend the rest of his term focused on priorities including reforming the state's budget practices to reduce its reliance on one-time maneuvers to meet expenses and reforming the state's criminal justice system to make it easier for young offenders to have a second chance.

(Reporting by Scott Malone in Boston; Editing by Leslie Adler and Lisa Shumaker)