Gov. Scott Walker on Wednesday indicated he doesn't regret his decision in September to exit the presidential race.
"For me, I’m just happy I’m standing here as your governor, not as another candidate, because I don’t think our situation today would be much different than it was in September when we suspended our campaign," Walker told reporters. "And it’s all the more reason I’m happy I’m able to spend my time being governor."
After exiting the presidential race this fall, Walker called several times for the remaining Republican candidates to clear the field for a positive alternative to frontrunner Donald Trump.
Walker said Wednesday, after addressing Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce's "Business Day in Madison," that Trump's extended lead in the Republican primary field is "one of the most remarkable things we've seen in modern political campaign history."
"I don’t know where it ultimately ends up," Walker said. "I think conventional wisdom is, someone who’s won that many states is well on their way to the nomination, and that may be the case. But as we’ve seen this year, conventional wisdom has proven to be wrong on just about every issue."
Walker said he hasn't heard much from Wisconsin voters about whether they plan to vote for Trump, but noted that recent polls seem to indicate the real estate mogul would fare well in the Badger State.
Trump led the field among Wisconsin Republicans in a Marquette University Law School poll released in January, at 24 percent. Forty-nine percent said expect him to be the party's nominee regardless of who they support.
Asked whether he would support Trump should he earn the GOP nomination, Walker noted that all of the Republican presidential candidates, including himself, signed a pledge months ago promising to back the party's eventual nominee.
"I don’t know who the nominee is going to be yet, so it’s premature for me to say by name, but I don’t know that my position has changed in any way since then," Walker said.