Wisconsin Gov. Walker ends presidential campaign, urges other candidates to follow

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has announced that he is dropping out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination in next year's election. Walker said during a speech in Wisconsin that he is "being called to lead" by helping clear the Republican race so that a "positive conservative message" can rise to the top of the field.

"I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive conservative alternative to the current front-runner," Walker said, referring to rival Donald Trump. "This is fundamentally important to the future of the party and - ultimately - to the future of our country."

The governor suffered a devastating blow after last week's Republican debate on CNN, during which Walker received fierce criticism from Trump over his record in Wisconsin. A CNN/ORC Poll released on Sunday showed that Walker was polling at less than one percent in the wake of the debate, down from 5 percent earlier this month.

Walker is the second high-profile Republican to drop out of the presidential race, following former Texas Governor Rick Perry, who ended his campaign on September 11.

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