Shocking news from the Republican presidential race: Scott Walker, the Governor of Wisconsin, is dropping out.
Walker, who gained fame taking on the public sector unions in Wisconsin and surviving a union-backed recall, had high hopes of reforming the federal government as he did Wisconsin.
And just a few months ago, Walker was considered to be a top tier contender–possibly as a more conservative, less establishment foil to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Walker himself led the entire field in the polls as recently as April, and was in second place (after Donald Trump) just last month. He had also led, until very recently, in the critical first voting state of Iowa.
But, following two lackluster debate performance, Walker’s campaign has been in a freefall.
In the latest CNN poll, taken since Wednesday’s second Republican presidential debate, Walker had 0% of the vote–meaning that his support had all but dried up.
0% put the former frontrunner in the same category of has-been presidential candidates like Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, who have not gained enough traction to get out of the undercard debates.
Walker is the second high-profile Republican to drop out of the race, following former Texas Gov. Rick Perry who dropped out shortly before the second debate.
Perry, one of the longest-serving governors in American history, entered the 2012 race with great fanfare, only to lose it after a number of gaffes and high-profile stumbles. Entering the 2016 race, Perry was never able to recapture his lost momentum, and never peaked above the low single digits in the polls.
Walker has not yet endorsed another candidate for President.