As far as I know, Time magazine never ran a cover calling Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker the “Republican Savior.” But at one time, he fit the bill.
Walker won the governorship of Wisconsin for the first time during the Republican wave of 2010. He governed conservatively, won a recall election, and then won re-election in 2014. In 2015, he ran for the Republican presidential nomination, pitching himself as a conservative who could win in unfriendly territory. It was a solid pitch, and I honestly thought Walker was the favorite to win the GOP nomination for much of the first half of 2015.
But then Donald Trump happened.
Now Walker is running for a third term as Wisconsin governor (he isn’t term-limited), and Trump might just cause problems for him again.