Scott Walker threw in the towel and dropped out of the 2016 presidential race. “Today I believe I am being called to lead by helping to clear the field so a positive, conservative message can rise to the top,” Walker said at a press conference in Madison, Wisconsin. “I encourage other Republican candidates to do the same.” He seemed to suggest that if other candidates evacuate the field, Donald Trump’s message can be beaten. Walker also made a reference to Trump’s “make America great again” slogan before leaving the presser without taking questions. He fell to a literal asterisk in national polling after the second Republican debate and faced defections among his donors.