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Iowa Slips Away

Walker, who has enjoyed a consistent lead all year in Iowa, dropped to third in the most recent CNN poll. He was backed by just 9 percent of likely caucus participants, below Trump at 22 percent and Carson at 14 percent.

It’s a dramatic fall for a guy who led in a Bloomberg Politics/Des Moines Register Iowa Poll with 17 percent as recently as late May. That was approaching the level of support—roughly 20 percent—that most party insiders agree could win the caucuses in a 17-candidate field.

Scott Walker Being Trumped by The Donald in Crucial State of Iowa @ Bloomberg Politics.

Less Enthusiastic

“Otherwise, the audience response to Walker, who spoke last, was more subdued than to most of the nine other Republican presidential candidates who spoke at the event. Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal received four spontaneous standing ovations including one after saying “the left is trying to take God out of the public square.” The audience response…

Trouble in Paradise Iowa?

“As an unofficial candidate early this year, Mr. Walker got off to a hot start with several strong speeches and impressive poll numbers in Iowa and other key states. But a series of gaffes hurt him among some Republican leaders and donors, and his lead in Iowa polls has softened recently as rivals like Senator…

Grand Tour

Following his July 13 announcement in Wisconsin, Walker will travel to Nevada on Tuesday, July 14 for an event in Las Vegas; then on to South Carolina Wednesday, July 15 for events in Charleston, Columbia and Greenville; then to New Hampshire Thursday, July 16 for events in Merrimack and Portsmouth. His tour of the early voting states concludes with a three-day, 11-stop RV tour of Iowa starting Friday July 17.

Via Gov. Walker to follow presidential kick-off with multi, – state tour next week @ JS All Politics Blog.

Leading

“He is reluctant to embrace the front-runner’s mantle. But his Iowa roots, plain-spoken style, and familiarity as the governor next door have made him a force in the key early state.” Politico: “The man to beat in Iowa: Scott Walker.” @ Althouse.

Walker Leads in Iowa

Walker is backed by 17 percent as the state enters a busy summer of candidate visits, a planned straw poll, and campaigning at the Iowa State Fair. Tied for second are Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky and retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 10 percent, with Bush and former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee next at 9 percent each.…

Riding on Iowa

It’s called the bull’s eye on your back,” says Robinson, founder of “The Iowa Republican” web site.  Front-runners are political targets.  It’s too early for this to be a major concern for Walker, but if he sustains his lead in Iowa, he can expect to be attacked by his Republican rivals in debates (which start…

Iowa

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is the top dog with a big early lead in the Iowa Republican Caucus, with a four-way scramble for second place and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in seventh place with 5 percent, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released today. Walker is at 21 percent of likely GOP caucus participants,…

Walker Big in Iowa

PPP’s newest Iowa poll finds Scott Walker well ahead of the rest of the Republican field in Iowa, getting 23% to 13% for Marco Rubio, 12% for Jeb Bush, 10% each for Mike Huckabee and Rand Paul, 8% for Ted Cruz, 7% for Ben Carson, 5% for Chris Christie, and 4% for Rick Perry. Walker…

Walker Fumbles

If Walker didn’t want a critic of the Iowa caucuses on his payroll he shouldn’t have hired one. But he did. And throwing her under the bus for this, suggests not only that he’s got some problems getting ready for prime time, it also suggests he can get rolled by the Iowa GOP establishment. What…

Hired Monday, Quits Tuesday

"The tone of some of my tweets concerning Iowa was at odds with that which Gov. Walker has always encouraged in political discourse," Mair said in a statement announcing her immediate resignation. "I wish Gov. Walker and his team all the best." Via Scott Walker digital strategist quits after tweets criticizing Iowa @ JSOnline.