The field has now dwindled to a mere 15 Repub hopefuls.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, once a leading candidate in the Republican presidential race, suspended his struggling 2016 campaign on Monday — while issuing an appeal to his party to counter the rise of front-runner Donald Trump.
At a hastily called press conference in Madison, Walker confirmed the news that by that point had leaked out: “I will suspend my campaign immediately.”
But the governor also lamented that the contest has “drifted into personal attacks” and urged other contenders to consider following him out of the race, if only to help elevate those who can compete against the front-runner. Without naming Trump, Walker clearly warned that the billionaire businessman could damage the party.
“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,” Walker said. “… 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.”
The decision marks a swift reversal in fortunes for Walker, who over the summer was seen as the candidate to beat in the key state of Iowa. But the governor who forged a national reputation on his record battling union power in his home state saw his position slide in recent months. …….
Well, with such a large field, it’s no surprise that some just couldn’t gain any traction. I am, though, a bit surprised by the first two to drop out. I would have thought both Walker and Perry would have more staying power than this. That said, I’m pretty sure several others are just hanging on to hope for something magical. And, Walker is correct, they need to get out. All the money being spent in the Repub campaign is less money available for the general campaign.