Scott Walker Calls on Others To Drop Out as Well
Earlier today, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced that he was dropping out of the GOP Presidential race, effectively immediately. With his announcement, Walker joins Rick Perry as the two candidates who have formally dropped out of the race so far.
After announcing his intentions in a speech delivered on Monday, Walker called on others to drop out of the GOP Presidential race as well. Walker said that he was "being called to lead in helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field.. 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 message to the front-runner".
Donald Trump, who is the Republican candidate that Walker was alluding to in his speech, currently sits at the top of polls with the support of roughly 25% of the Republican base. Carly Fiorina, who had a very strong performance in the second GOP debate last week, has surged forward and now has 15% support. While Donald Trump has captured the attention of many Republicans with his flash and sound bytes, many GOP supporters want another candidate to arise who can better challenge Hillary Clinton (or Bernie Sanders) in 2016. Carly Fiorina is seen as that candidate by many, though she certainly has her weaknesses as well, namely her time at Hewlett-Packard.
Scott Walker was considered one of the front-runners to win the GOP nomination when the race first started. His campaign endured a number of setbacks, however, and he decided to pull the plug after the latest polling numbers revealed that he had less than 0.5% support amongst the Republican base. It's one thing to emerge from obscurity and gather momentum, but it's an entirely different matter altogether to recapture lost momentum. Scott Walker realized this and decided to terminate his campaign.
Who will drop out of the race next? The favourites include Lindsey Graham, Bobby Jindal and Rick Santorum.
Source: CNN.com - Scott Walker Drops out of 2016 Presidential Race
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