Illinois Walker supporters 'very disappointed'

  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Illinois support couldn't keep him in the race for president.

    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's Illinois support couldn't keep him in the race for president. Associated Press File Photo

Updated 9/21/2015 6:45 PM

One of Scott Walker's biggest Illinois supporters says he's "very disappointed" the Wisconsin governor is leaving the race for president.

State Sen. Jim Oberweis, a Sugar Grove Republican, said he and others had amassed a sizable list of Walker backers in Illinois and hoped other candidates dropping out of the race would help Walker's sagging poll numbers.


But in the end, Walker followed Texas Gov. Rick Perry in suspending his campaign on Monday.

As Walker's national support dropped, the Wisconsin governor was one of the first candidates to land Illinois political heavyweights to back him, picking up the support of House Republican Leader Jim Durkin of Western Springs and Oberweis.

Walker raised money in Naperville less than two weeks ago at an event that included Oberweis and state Rep. Tom Morrison of Palatine.

Now, Oberweis said, Walker supporters like him will have to listen to what the other candidates have to say. He said he thinks they'll "go their own ways" and not necessarily all line up behind one candidate.

Other candidates have started to put together organizations in Illinois, too, with former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush finding support from former House Republican Leader Tom Cross and former Gov. Jim Edgar. Some state lawmakers have gotten behind Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, too.

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