Rumor has it, the Republican presidential primary is about to lose its second Governor. Three anonymous Republicans close to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker’s campaign told the New York Times that he plans to drop out, possibly tonight.
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin has concluded he no longer has a path to the Republican presidential nomination and plans to drop out of the 2016 campaign, according to three Republicans familiar with his decision, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Mr. Walker called a news conference in Madison at 6 p.m. Eastern time.
“The short answer is money,” said a supporter of Mr. Walker’s who was briefed on the decision. “He’s made a decision not to limp into Iowa.”
The supporter said Mr. Walker’s fund-raising had dried up after his decline in the polls and that campaign officials did not feel they could risk going into debt with the race so uncertain. The governor, who was scheduled to be in New York and Washington this week, partly to raise money, had built up an expansive staff, bringing on aides and consultants detailed to everything from Christian conservative outreach to Super Tuesday states. But his fund-raising did not keep pace with the money needed to sustain such an infrastructure.
According to most polls, the only Governor performing among the top 5 GOP contenders nationally is former Florida Governor Jeb Bush at an anemic 7.8%. The fact that Donald Trump and Dr. Ben Carson hold the lead -by far- in national polls is evidence that the GOP base believes electing an outsider candidate is more important than electing an experienced politician.