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Polls indicate a quiet momentum is building for the 'more conservative' Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Polls indicate a quiet momentum is building for the 'more conservative' Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

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Polls indicate a quiet momentum is building for the 'more conservative' Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (REUTERS/Yuri Gripas)

Scott Walker is dropping out of the Republican race for president, it is reported.

The Wisconsin governor planned a news conference for this evening in Madison, where he was expected to become the second major Republican candidate to quit the race.

Mr Walker tried to capitalise on his record taking on unions and got off to a strong start after a well-received speech to Iowa conservatives in January, formally launching his campaign in July.

But the 47-year-old Mr Walker fell after a series of stumbles on the campaign trail and forgettable performances in the early Republican debates.

Mr Walker joins former Texas governor Rick Perry as two early 2016 drop-outs.

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Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki,  Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, former New York Gov. George Pataki, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, businessman Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, businesswoman Carly Fiorina, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

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