Walker now in last place after support slips to under 1 percent after debate
by Louis Weisberg
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has slipped from having the support of 5 percent of Republican voters to just .5 percent, according to a CNN/ORC poll released on this morning’s new shows.
Walker’s fall in the race for the Republican nomination was the largest of any of the 11 candidates who participated in the Sept. 16 CNN presidential debate at the Regan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. He now stands in last place in the field of 16 candidates.
Conducted Sept. 17–19, the CNN/ORC poll has an error margin of 4.5 percentage points for Republican respondents.
Former Hewlett Packard CEO Carly Fiorina gained the most from the heavily watched debate, moving up from 3 percent to 15 percent to take second place in the race. Fifty-two percent of people who watched the debate named her as the winner.
Dr. Ben Carson, who formerly was running second to Trump, slipped to third place — from 19 percent to 14.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio jumped 8 points to grab the fourth place in the poll with 11 percent. Like Fiorina, he showed great skill as a debater and a commanding knowledge of foreign policy. Democrats say Rubio is the candidate they fear the most, due to his appealing youthful wholesomeness, polished presentational skills and strong personal narrative.
Donald Trump retained his frontrunner status following the debate, with his fans remaining loyal despite a performance in which he gave no substantive answers to policy questions and spoke mostly about his greatness and other candidates’ flaws, including Rand Paul’s physical appearance. Still, Trump lost 8 percentage points following the debate, falling from 32 percent earlier this month to 24 percent.
Unless Walker can turn around his downward trajectory, he likely won’t appear on the main stage in the third debate. During the past two debates, Fox News and CNN have held shorter and smaller debates preceding the main event in order to avoid preventing candidates with poor poll numbers from being excluded entirely. It’s unclear whether CNBC will do the same in the next debate, which it is hosting on Oct. 28 at the Coors Events Center at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
The third debate will be titled: “Your Money, Your Vote: The Presidential Debate on the Economy.” It will focus on the economy, jobs, taxes and the national deficit.
At the same time Walker has lost standing in the presidential race, his protracted state budget battle within his own party in June, combined with his long absences from the state to run for president, have eroded his popularity in Wisconsin. In a state poll taken by Marquette University School of Law following the budget battle, only 39 percent of Wisconsin voters said they approved of the job he was doing.
On Friday, a former Walker contributor said that the governor's credibility in the state has dropped so low that Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch should be allowed to write the 2017–19 biennial budget.
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