Menominee Nation casino foe ends GOP presidential campaign

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R), fourth from left, at the Republican presidential debate on September 16, 2015. Photo from Facebook

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) ended his Republican presidential campaign on Monday, barely two months after jumping into a race that said has turned increasingly negative.

According to news reports, Walker no longer had the money to continue his run. Polls compiled by Real Clear Politics also show his support dropped considerably after rival Donald Trump entered the race this summer.

Walker, though, didn't mention his own woes as he dropped out. Instead, he said the Republican presidential campaign has been characterized by "personal attacks" and a general sense of negativity.

"In the end, I believe that voters want to be for something and not against someone," Walker said in a post on Facebook. "Instead of talking about how bad things are, we want to hear about how we can make them better for everyone."

Walker will now return full-time to Wisconsin, where has three more years left in his term. During that time, he might be called to make a decision on the off-reservation casino being sought by the Ho-Chunk Nation.

Earlier this year, Walker rejected a different off-reservation casino proposed by the Menominee Nation. Tribal leaders believe his decision was tied to his presidential aspirations.

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Bureau of Indian Affairs Documents:
Press Release | Fact Sheet: Menominee Nation Decision | Section 20 Determination: Menominee Nation Off-Reservation Casino

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