U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker bows his head in prayer at a campaign stop in Haverhill

Walker exits 2016 presidential race

U.S. Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker bows his head in prayer at a campaign stop in HaverhillBy Steve Holland, Ginger Gibson and Erin McPike WASHINGTON/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Republican Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin abruptly pulled out of the 2016 U.S. presidential race on Monday, doomed by a lightning-quick collapse from serious contender to also-ran candidate struggling to raise money. Walker’s departure left his rivals seeking the Republican nomination for the November 2016 presidential election scrambling to appeal to his supporters in the early-voting states of Iowa and New Hampshire as well as elsewhere. Experts saw potential gain for conservative candidates like Ted Cruz and Mike Huckabee as well as center-right contenders such as Marco Rubio, John Kasich and Jeb Bush.

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