Walker Bows Out of Presidential Race
By: Annie Yager, Xiro Xone News September 21, 2015
Wisconsin governor Scott Walker announced Monday he is dropping out of the GOP presidential race.
Walker entered the primary in July as a front-runner in Iowa with both the conservative base and powerful donors after winning battles against public unions in his left-leaning home state. But that promising start was quickly dashed after poor debate performances dried up support from donors.
"Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately," Walker said at a news conference in Madison, Wisconsin.
He encouraged other trailing Republican candidates to follow his path.
"I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current front-runner," said Walker, referencing businessman Donald Trump. "This is fundamentally important to the future of our party, and, more important, the future of the country."
The governor called some of his top supporters earlier Monday afternoon informing them of his decision, it was said walker's recent plummet in the polls was a big factor in his decision-making.
Walker made "the Pawlenty decision," one strategist said, referring to former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2011 decision to drop out before piling up considerable debt.
This decision came as no surprise to people working in Madison, one of whom described the last several weeks as "agony."
Moving forward, Walker said the best use of his and the party's time would be to dedicate all resources to the eventual nominee.
Walker's exit comes 10 days after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry became the first Republican to drop out of the 2016 race. It indicates the start of a winnowing process of a field that once numbered 17 candidates, many of whom have struggled to gain oxygen in a summer in which headlines and polls have been dominated by Donald Trump. With Walker's departure, the field now stands at 15 candidates.