NBC News’ Capitol Hill reporter Luke Russert has weighed in Saturday night with a rather bold prediction: the GOP nomination is Gov. Scott Walker’s to lose if he plays it smart.

Russert’s prediction comes after a Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll which shows Walker leading the Republican field.

That 17 percent number isn’t impressing many, despite the enthusiastic headline. Russert’s obviously thought this through carefully, but it doesn’t look like the public is convinced.

Not many are on board yet with Russert’s “formidable” Walker/Rubio ticket.