WASHINGTON, DC — Another one bites the dust. Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker announced Monday he is dropping out of the GOP presidential race.
“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,” Gov. Walker said during a news conference. “With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately.”
Walker entered the primary in July as a front-runner — a darling of both the conservative base and powerful donors after winning his 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.
This comes nearly two weeks after former Texas Governor Rick Perry called it quits. Perry, who insisted he learned lessons from his disastrous 2012 presidential campaign, dropped his second bid for the White House after just 100 days.