Walker Says He May Skip Florida Primary

On Tuesday, May 26 likely Republican presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker went on the Laura Ingraham radio show to discuss his game plan for the fast approaching Republican primaries. While he remained optimistic about his chances in important early primary states like Iowa, New Hampshire, and South Carolina, Gov. Walker said there is one state he would consider skipping: Florida.

“The neat thing about being around the country is if we choose to get in, I don’t think there’s a state out there we wouldn’t play in,” Walker told Ingraham. “Other than maybe Florida, where Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio are, at least in some of the polls, essentially tied.”

Walker went on to explain to the radio show host that Florida can be a financially draining state to stay competitive in, and with Jeb Bush’s “financial advantage,” he doesn’t consider participating in the state’s primary a wise move. The most recent polling by Real Clear Politics of the Florida Republican primary has Jeb Bush in first place with twenty-four percent, followed by Scott Walker with eighteen percent and Marco Rubio with nearly thirteen percent.

At last weekend’s Southern Republican Leadership Conference in Oklahoma City, Gov. Walker was warmly received by the crowd of Republicans. His speech, which emphasized his support of Israel and focused on his battle with Wisconsin Democrats on issues like labor unions and voter ID, garnered him ample cheers and several standing ovations. In the straw poll conducted at the event, Walker came in second place behind conservative favorite Ben Carson.

For the past several weeks, however, most of Walker’s fellow potential 2016 candidates have been keeping their eye on the Iowa straw poll slated for August 8 which, as Ingraham put it, is “losing prominence.”

Shortly after announcing his candidacy for the Republican nomination earlier this month, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee revealed that he will not be participating in the Iowa straw poll so that he can focus on the states caucuses. Likewise, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush said he won’t be participating in the Iowa straw poll either because he will be attending the RedState Gathering in Atlanta, GA the same day.

Although Walker didn’t confirm or deny whether or not he will be participating in the Iowa straw poll in his interview with Ingraham, he did say that he will make an announcement regarding his decision on Iowa in about a month.

“People want someone who can fight and win,” Walker explained to Ingraham. Walker went on to say that he believes his message of “common sense conservative reform” will resonate with people. “I love Iowa,” Walker said of the state where he lived as a child while his father served as a Baptist preacher. “If we get in as a candidate, we’re going to make a strong play in Iowa.”


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