Scott Walker dropping out of the race puts his supporters and staff at the disposal of other mainstream Republican Party contenders and thus, in a sense, marks an important step in the winnowing process through which an outsider candidate like Donald Trump is ultimately supposed to be marginalized.
State Rep. Samantha Kerkman, R-Salem, said she believes Walker needed to perform better in the two nationally televised Republican debates, which garnered about 23 million viewers each.
Instead, he stumbled on key questions – taking multiple positions on immigration issues, for example – and appeared the epitome of a scripted traditional politician in a year when voters seem to put a premium on spontaneity and authenticity, Franklin said.
Walker is the second candidate to exit the race, following former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who bowed out earlier this month after his fundraising dried up, with many of his staffers working without pay in the campaign’s final days.
“I believe that I’m being called to lead by helping to clear the field”.
But he also is a candidate who, like Walker, appeals to both the establishment and more conservative wings of the Republican Party.
Ron Kaufman, a Massachusetts operative backing GOP candidate Jeb Bush told Politico that one of the biggest mistakes the Walker campaign made was failing to meet expectations after a big start.
While Walker’s own campaign had reportedly been struggling to bring in cash, his main superPAC, Unintimidated PAC, was well-heeled. He has now officially dropped out of the race for president.
There are reports donors were no longer willing to support him and his campaign hit funding problems.
Walker’s New Hampshire campaign co-chair has already signed on with Rubio, which he announced shortly before the governor withdrew from the race.
On the other hand, Fiorina emerged as the victor of the second Republican presidential debate last Wednesday. But “As soon as he said, ‘I’m the frontrunner, ‘ the bar went way up and he couldn’t get over it”.
Walker, a one-time top tier candidate, fell to less than a half percentage point in a national poll released over the weekend.
At the time, Walker promised that his record in the state – stripping away union power, lowering taxes, passing pro-life legislation and more – showed that he knew how to “fight and win for America“.
The Wisconsin governor was one of five presidential candidates to draw early attention from the expansive political network controlled by the billionaire industrialists Charles Koch and David Koch.