Scott Walker to pull out of US presidential race, say reports

The Wisconsin Governor has failed to make progress in a crowded Republican field

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The Independent Online

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is preparing to drop out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination, according to a report by the New York Times.

Mr Walker began the contest as a top seeded candidate and once led the polls in the key primary state of Iowa.

Admired by leading Republicans for having forced through conservative reforms in traditionally blue Wisconsin, he nonetheless proved to be a lacklustre national campaigner, and a poor performer in the party’s two televised debates.

Following last week’s debate in California, Mr Walker had reportedly been deserted by donors.

A national CNN poll this week found that his support among Republican voters had collapsed to less than 0.5 per cent.