WASHINGTON -- The results in the Wisconsin gubernatorial recall Tuesday night constitute a “pretty strong rebuke of liberal policies” and suggest that Wisconsin is in play for Republican Mitt Romney this fall, a top Romney advisor said Wednesday morning.
The results indicate a receptiveness in the state to a “center right” message this fall, strategist Ed Gillespie told journalists at a breakfast hosted by Bloomberg News.
The Romney campaign already is preaching that message, and nobody at his headquarters is asking, “How should we change our speech?” Gillespie said.
The last Republican presidential candidate to carry Wisconsin was Ronald Reagan in 1984, when Reagan was reelected in a landslide. Exit polling on Tuesday showed that President Obama still leads Romney by seven points in the state.