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Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, whom many have long predicted would enter the GOP race to become the party's 2016 nominee, is expected to announce his candidacy Monday. Mr. Walker made a name for himself battling labor unions and surviving a state recall effort. (Associated Press)

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Republican Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin, whom many have long predicted would enter the GOP race to become the party's 2016 nominee, is expected to announce his candidacy Monday. Mr. Walker made a name for himself battling labor unions and surviving a state recall effort. (Associated Press)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker enters the race running second, but his tilt to the right could put him on a crash course with the likes of Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who are fighting for social conservative territory. And it could pose problems for him in New Hampshire. (Associated Press)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker addresses employees and members of the media at Valveworks USA prior to signing the state's 2015-2017 budget on the production floor of the Waukesha, Wis. company Sunday, July 12, 2015. (John Hart/Wisconsin State Journal via AP)

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Potential GOP presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker drew praise from social conservatives for his plan to sign a 20-week abortion ban. (Associated Press)

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GOP potential presidential candidate Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker called for an amendment to the Constitution to "reaffirm the ability of the states to continue to define marriage."

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In this June 5, 2015, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party convention in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

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FILE - In this June 5, 2015, file photo, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party convention in Raleigh, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks about a deal to pay for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks at a news conference in Madison, Wis., on June 4, 2015. (Associated Press) **FILE**

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker participates in a fundraising ride for Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks with Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, before riding in Ernst's fundraising ride, Saturday, June 6, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during the North Carolina Republican Party convention in Raleigh, N.C., Friday, June 5, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome) ** FILE **

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Gov. Scott Walker rides his 2003 Harley Davidson Road King (image from Gov. Scott Walker)

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Sen. Joni Ernst, shown here on her prized Harley Davidson, will lead a 40-mile motorcyle ride on Saturday - joined by Gov. Scott Walker and Rick Perry. (Image from Sen. Joni Ernst)

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Gov. Scott Walker — shown here on his 2003 Harley Davidson Road King — has used his bike as a political tool on more than one occasion.

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks during Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker talks during an interview with The Associated Press in New Orleans in this May 18, 2015, file photo. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)

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A Washington Times story about top Republicans such as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker skipping the Iowa straw poll triggered a move by Craig Williams, a member of the state party's central committee, to rally to save the poll. (Associated Press)

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, right, takes the wheel with former Virginia Gov. Jim Gilmore, center, and former Maryland Gov. Bob Ehrlich during a fundraiser for the Belknap County Republican Committee aboard the motor vessel Mount Washington on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire, Friday, May 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)