Governor Scott Walker announced this evening that he is suspending his campaign for the republican presidential nomination.
Governor Walker announced he was running for president more than two months ago, on July 13th. He was once considered a front-runner for the GOP nomination but a CNN poll out this weekend found him with support from less than half a percent of GOP primary voters.
Walker’s poll numbers started dropping with the rise of Donald Trump, Dr. Ben Carson, and Carly Fiorina.
In his announcement, the governor says there has been too much negativity amongst the candidates running for the GOP nomination. He also says republicans need to start narrowing the field, so that the GOP nominee can focus on having a positive campaign.
“I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to do the same so the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current front-runner. This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and more importantly to the future of our country.”
In response to Walker’s announcement Democratic National Committee spokesperson TJ Helmstetter released the following statement:
“From the beginning, Walker’s campaign showcased the unabashed hostility that the republican field has for working people, the middle class, immigrants, and women. No matter which republican emerges as this reality show’s victor, voters will ultimately reject the republican nominee’s jaw-dropping determination to cater to the wealthy at the expense of the middle class.”