Walker drops out of 2016 election

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Walker drops out of 2016 election

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker waits to give a speech at the Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Walker attempted to connect to the Iowa audience by speaking about his time spent living in the state accompanied by a photo of himself as a child holding an Iowa state flag. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker waits to give a speech at the Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Walker attempted to connect to the Iowa audience by speaking about his time spent living in the state accompanied by a photo of himself as a child holding an Iowa state flag. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker waits to give a speech at the Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Walker attempted to connect to the Iowa audience by speaking about his time spent living in the state accompanied by a photo of himself as a child holding an Iowa state flag. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker waits to give a speech at the Lincoln Dinner in Des Moines on Saturday, May 16, 2015. Walker attempted to connect to the Iowa audience by speaking about his time spent living in the state accompanied by a photo of himself as a child holding an Iowa state flag. (The Daily Iowan/Sergio Flores)

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Two-term Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is out of the race.

The 47-year-old announced his decision to drop out of the 2016 presidential election on Monday at 5 p.m. during a press conference in Madison, Wis.

He is the second Republican candidate vying for their party’s nomination to quit the race. Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry ended his campaign on Sept. 11.Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks to the crowd at the Iowa Agriculture Summit on March 7 in Des Moines. (The Daily Iowan/Lexi Brunk)

During the conference, Walker encouraged other candidates to also drop out of the race to narrow the GOP field.

He said it’s fundamentally important to the party’s future that “voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current frontrunner.”

“Today I feel I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field,” Walker said.

His announcement comes on the heels of Sunday’s CNN/ORC poll in which Walker was given an asterisk — meaning he is below 1 percent in polling. The current frontrunner Donald Trump was at 24 percent.

The margin of error is plus or minus 4.5 percentage points with 305 Republican voters surveyed.
Walker was considered Iowa’s frontrunner for several months following his breakout performances at several summits including the Iowa Freedom Summit and the Iowa Agriculture Summit.

Five percent of registered Republican voters said Walker would be their choice candidate, according to the latest Iowa poll from CBS News.

Trump led the poll with 29 percent followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 25 percent.

The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus 4.4 percentage points.

Walker implied that he was trying to clear a path so another candidate could become the nominee rather tan Trump. Trump tweeted about Walker suspending his campaign.

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