Wisconsin governor Scott Walker announced Monday that he is suspending his bid for the Republican presidential nomination.
Walker's decision to drop out of the presidential race comes as the latest CNN survey showed that nationally, the governor drew support from less than one-half of one percent of Republican primary voters.
At a brief news conference in Madison, Wisconsin, Walker said he had been "called to lead by helping to clear the field." Walker took no questions at the conference.
In a clear nod toward Donald Trump's tendency to spew vitriol and pander to citizen's xenophobia and feelings of hate, Walker said that he "encourage[s] 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 the party, and, more importantly, to the future of our country," the governor continued.
Though Walker was initially doing quite well in the polls, the rise of Trump's popularity and Walker's own missteps led to a decrease in support. With support for his candidacy on the decline, financial support for the governor's campaign began to dry up as well.
In the past couple of weeks, Walker's campaign fund-raising had been declining sharply, with campaign officials feeling that they could not risk going into debt with the presidential race so uncertain.
Just 10 days earlier, former Texas Governor Rick Perry became the first of the Republican candidates to drop out of the 2016 race. Although the number of candidates has now dropped from 17 to 15, the Republican field is still overcrowded.
Walker's lackluster performance in the first two Republican debates also contributed to his decline in popularity, as did his tendency to flip-flop on a number of controversial issues. Within just seven days, Walker gave three different answers on the issue of birthright citizenship, and the governor changed his stance on building a barrier on the Canadian border as well.
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