Scott Walker Becomes Second Candidate to Call It Quits for 2016

PolitiChicks.comWisconsin Governor Scott Walker dropped out the race for President on Monday, ending a short-lived bid, citing he wanted to “clear the way” for a conservative with a message.  In a brief news conference in Madison, Wisconsin, Walker said,

“Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race for a positive conservative message to rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign. 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.”

During his five-minute press conference, without mentioning names it was clear that Walker was referring to the leading front-runner, Donald Trump.

“Sadly, the debate taking place in the Republican Party today is not focused on that optimistic view of America. Instead, it has drifted into personal attacks,” he said. “In the end, I believe that voters want to be for something and not against someone. Instead of talking about how bad things are, we want to hear about how we can make them better for everyone.”

Walker was considered the top favorite before his official announcement. He started this year as an early front-runner, leading in the polls in Iowa and elsewhere.

After his official announcement in July, his polling number quickly crumbled, making it complicated for fundraising and media attention. The political climate by then already shifted to Trump, who was on the rise as well as other political outsiders.

Last Wednesday’s debate hosted by CNN didn’t help Walker, as his performance signaled trouble in the upcoming days. The recent national CNN/ORC poll released on Sunday showed a dramatic fall for Walker, garnering only 0.5%, placing him behind the 11 top tier candidates.

Walker now joins former Texas Governor Rick Perry to drop out of the most crowded Republican field in years. Perry dropped out ten days ago after facing problems fundraising and weak poll numbers. Walker’s early withdrawal comes as a shock as several low-tier long-shots, such as Senator Lindsey Graham and Former New York Governor George Pataki, are still in the race despite dismal poll numbers and zero momentum since their announcement.

Walker will return to his job as Governor of Wisconsin, where his term runs through 2018.

After his press conference, his departure sent shockwaves through the Republican race as his rivals took to Twitter to praise the Wisconsin Governor Walker:
Senator Ted Cruz

Senator Marco Rubio

Donald Trump

Governor Mike Huckabee

Senator Rand Paul

Senator Lindsey Graham

Governor Bobby Jindal

Governor Chris Christie

Senator Rick Santorum

Governor Jeb Bush

Governor John Kasich

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Mona Salama

Mona Salama is a PolitiChicks political reporter based in New York City covering politics and NYPD. She reports broadly on the 2016 campaign trail from the road and at home. Prior to joining PolitiChicks, Mona started with Wayne Dupree's WAAR where she covered NY politics, 2014 mid-term elections, and the NYPD. In 2015, DC Gazette considers Mona as one of the 20 rising Conservative stars. She was cited as "generally one of the most stunning women in political commentary with a huge future ahead of her, we’re pretty sure Mona Salama will soon easily be the next Andrea Tantaros and a common conservative household name." Currently she is finishing her Masters, all while at the same time covering the 2016 Presidential race, in Public Policy at John Jay College in New York City. Mona can be followed on twitter at @MonaSalama_ and email: [email protected]

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