Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced Monday that he is dropping out of the presidential race so that voters can focus on a smaller number of candidates. In particular a candidate that is a “positive, conservative” alternative to current Republican front-runner Donald Trump.
The Walker campaign was essentially over before it got started or so it seems.
“This is fundamentally important to the future of the party, and more importantly to the future of our country,” he said at a press conference.
Walker blamed Trump for his failure as a candidate, but stopped short of naming him by name, Trump is the current front-runner. While the Republicans lose another candidate through attrition, t is safe to assume Walker wont be throwing his support behind Trump.
“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,” Walker said. “… 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.”
In the wake of the most recent debate, a CNN/ORC poll released Sunday showed Walker polling nationally at less than 1 percent.
Ben Carson called Walker “an outstanding leader with a strong record of fighting for conservative principles.”
“I wish him the very best,” Carson said.
Walker’s exit leaves 15 major candidates remaining in the race for the Republican nomination.