Scott Walker is officially out as a 2016 contender, but his supporters are back on the market.
From high-rolling donors to grassroots organizers, Walker’s exit from the 2016 race frees up a treasure trove of campaign cash and human resources for the remaining 15 Republican candidates to battle over.
In the less than 24 hours since Walker exited the presidential race, loyal state advisers have jumped ship and fellow Republicans have gleefully boasted new endorsements.
In Iowa—where Walker had built an aggressive and, in retrospect, perhaps too-expansive team—Sen. Ted Cruz announced in a press release Monday night he had recruited three of Walker’s county cochairs to work for him.
The Washington Post reported Monday night that state lawmaker Terry Baxter—a once-strong Walker ally—introduced Jeb Bush at an event.
And in the early postmortem hours, Marco Rubio’s campaign director Terry Sullivan announced at a National Review forum that Walker’s New Hampshire state cochair Cliff Hurst was going to get behind Rubio.
But campaign cash is the next conquest of the remaining 2016 field.
Walker’s super PAC Unintimidated had raised more than $20 million this cycle, and under the law, there are few rules governing what happens to that money. When former Texas Gov. Rick Perry dropped out of the race earlier this month, his super PAC refunded much of the money back to donors, but doing so is not required.