Businessman Andy Gronik announced he’s dropping out of the Democratic race for governor in part so Dems can rally behind a single candidate.
Gronik’s decision, which he said was informed by Wednesday’s Marquette University Law School poll, comes as the survey showed he and several other Dem candidates struggling to break out in the field.
Gronik received just four percent of support from registered Democratic voters in the poll, while 87 percent of respondents said they had never heard of him.
Fellow Dem and state schools Superintendent Tony Evers had a commanding lead in the poll with 25 percent, although 34 percent of respondents were still undecided. The next top vote getters in the poll were former DPW Chair Matt Flynn, Madison Mayor Paul Soglin and activist Mike McCabe, who each received 7 percent support.
With his decision to exit the race, Gronik said in a statement he hopes to clear the way for a challenger to consolidate support.
“There are lots of people sitting on the bench, confused by the large field of candidates and waiting to see what happens in the primary,” he said. “I don’t think that’s a winning strategy!”
In the statement, Gronik also mentioned his campaign’s inability to gather support quickly enough.
According to campaign finance reports released in January, Gronik over the last half of the year contributed $450,000 to his campaign.