Earlier in the afternoon, after the news first reported Walker’s campaign demise Trump tweeted, “I got to know @ScottWalker well-he’s a very nice person and has a great future”. James Davis, a spokesman for the Koch-affiliated Freedom Partners Chamber of Commerce, praised Walker on Monday, but made it clear that the network has yet to settle on a Republican contender and may not do so.
U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker speaks at the the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coaliti … Rubio is set to benefit the most from Walkers withdrawal. Those intentions were confirmed to CNN by a senior campaign official, a GOP strategist close to the campaign, and a senior GOP adviser with knowledge of his plans.
Kentucky Sen. “I believe Governor Walker will remain a vital voice in the Republican Party“. “Everyone I know was just totally stunned by how hard the fund-raising has become”, says one Walker donor, “but the candidate and the campaign just couldn’t inspire confidence”.
In the first major wipeout of the 2016 presidential campaign, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker will withdraw from the race for the White House, the Guardian has learned.
Both men are under 50 and hold a “next-generation appeal”, said Frank Luntz, a Republican pollster who is unaligned in the race, but offered his California home to Walker for a post-debate fundraiser last week.
This decision came as no surprise to people working in Madison, one of whom described the last several weeks as “agony”.
Walker, who had a promising campaign, was hurt by his two weak performances during the GOP debates in August and earlier in September.
Still, Walker’s exit was not a selfless sacrifice: He was running low on campaign cash, sliding sharply in opinion polls, losing potential donors to rivals and unnerving supporters with a stream of gaffes, like saying he would consider building a barrier wall along the Canadian border.
“The Bible is full of stories of people who were called to be leaders in unusual ways”, Walker said in prepared remarks at a press conference in Madison, Wis., referencing sitting in church the previous day.
It was not long ago that the Wisconsin governor was seen as the overwhelming frontrunner to win the Iowa caucuses.
There were internal disputes within Walker’s team about how to best revive his campaign as he slipped in the polls. And while Walker could have fought on, his bad slide in the polls meant there was no guarantee he’d even be on the debate stage next time the Republicans gather.