MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t officially announced that he’s running for president, but he continues to send strong signals that a candidacy is inevitable.

Walker was asked Thursday in Milwaukee about polls showing him at or near the top of a crowded Republican field of potential presidential candidates. Walker says, “I like the fact that people are paying attention” to what he has to say.

Walker also says “there’s going to be a lot of ups and downs along the way” and he would “rather be ahead than behind.” But he adds there is a long time before any ballots are cast in early caucus and primary states.

Walker repeated the well-used line by those running for office that “The only poll that matters is the one on Election Day.”

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