|Walker announcing the end at a presser in Madison, Wisconsin|
Walker bowed out with this...
"Today, I believe that I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field in this race so that a positive, conservative message can rise to the top of the field. With this in mind, I will suspend my campaign immediately,"
Much like Rick Perry, who was the first candidate to drop out, Walker took a few parting shots at the Republican field's frontrunner Donald Trump...
"I encourage other Republican presidential candidates to consider doing the same so that the voters can focus on a limited number of candidates who can offer a positive, conservative alternative to the current front-runner. This is fundamentally important to the future of our party, and, more important, the future of the country."
This decision came as no surprise to people working in Madison, one of whom described the last several weeks as "agony."