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10 Reasons Scott Walker Dropped Out of the GOP Race

10 Reasons Scott Walker Dropped Out of the GOP Race
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker speaks at the American Action Forum January 30, 2015, in Washington, D.C. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

By    |   Tuesday, 22 September 2015 12:04 PM

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced at a Monday night press conference that he's dropping out of the race for the presidency, surprising many and sparking widespread speculation about why.

The announcement made Walker, who kicked off his campaign in July, the second high-profile candidate after former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to quit the race.

Gathered below are 10 reasons why Walker may have suspended his bid.

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1. Slip in pollingAccording to polling aggregated by RealClearPolitics, Walker held the lead in Iowa from February to August, impressing both economic and social conservatives with his Midwestern brand. His lead soon collapsed, however, with recent rankings placing him at 7th in Iowa and 10th nationwide.

2. Rise of Donald Trump — "So what happened to Walker? The short answer is: Donald Trump," The Weekly Standard wrote this week. Trump, along with fellow political outsiders Carly Fiorina and Ben Carson, have rocketed ahead in the polling, and many pundits have said that voters are expressing a frustration with officeholders and enthusiasm about "anti-establishment" candidates.

3. Mediocre debate performances — During two Republican primary debates that drew tens of millions of viewers, Walker struggled to differentiate himself from this year's large field of candidates. "Walker’s performance in the varsity debate wasn’t just mediocre: He rated dead last, according to post-debate polls. In an average of four surveys — taken by CNN, Morning Consult, SurveyMonkey, and YouGov — only 0.5 percent of Republican debate-watchers crowned Walker as the debate’s winner," reported FiveThirtyEight.com.

4. Ran out of money — Walker raised "about $20 million for his super PAC and $6 million more for a related campaign committee," according to The New York Times, but that sum pales in comparison to rivals like Jeb Bush, who raised $100 million in the first half of 2015 alone. "Walker advisers were believed to be burning through cash," The Times added.

5. Fear of debt One political strategist told CNN that Walker ultimately made, "the Pawlenty decision," referring to former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2011 decision to drop out before accumulating debt.

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6. Inability to self-finance
— "Walker is a man of modest means: His father was a preacher and his mother was a part-time secretary, and he has earned government salaries for most of his adult life," The New York Times commented. Unlike Donald Trump, Carly Fiorina, or Jeb Bush, "He was not in a strong position to lend money to his own campaign, advisers said, nor inclined to do so."

7. Canadian border gaffe Last month, Walker said in an interview with NBC that building a security wall on the U.S.-Canada border was a "legitimate issue." He later tried to explain that the suggestion was "just a joke."

8. Flip-flopping on birthright citizenship — Walker gave a number of seemingly contradictory answers on the controversial issue, something his former communications consultant Liz Mair pointed out along with others on Monday.

9. Not a nationwide candidate — During the initial wave of enthusiasm surrounding the Walker campaign, the Wisconsin governor drew much support from the conservative base, making him a strong contender in deep-red Iowa but not the more moderate New Hampshire. The nationwide race for president often forces candidates from both parties to move to the middle during the general election, and it was a common refrain that Walker was "perhaps slightly 'too' conservative for a general election candidate," FiveThirtyEight.com noted.

10. Lack of foreign policy experience — "One of Walker's biggest challenges was to establish himself as credible on foreign policy," Politico reported Monday, noting that governors are always at a disadvantage on the subject during presidential races. Walker "stretched a bit too far during the Conservative Political Action Conference in late February, when he said that fighting union protesters in his home state showed he could defeat the Islamic State."

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced at a Monday night press conference that he's dropping out of the race for the presidency, surprising many and sparking widespread speculation about why. Here are 10 reasons Walker may have suspended his bid.
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