Mitt Romney hails boost to White House hopes after Wisconsin election victory

Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, said the
Wisconsin vote was a ringing endorsement of Conservative economic austerity
medicine, which she contrasted with Democrat plans to increase government
spending and investment.

“It’s good for the entire country because people are going to recognize,
through Governor Walker’s efforts, that austerity measures, responsible
austerity measures of reining in government growth, really will help our
nation as a whole with the economic woes that we face,” she said on Fox

Reince Priebus, the chair of Republican National Committee, said the Democrat
defeat was “an absolute disaster” for President Obama and a
vindication of the Republican party grass-roots’ ability to energise voters.

“After yesterday’s victory, Republicans have the infrastructure and
enthusiasm that will help us defeat President Obama in Wisconsin, he wrote
in a campaign memo, “In that respect, it was a great ‘dry run’.”
Republicans also taunted Mr Obama for failing to campaign in person in
Wisconsin after polls last week showed that Democrats were likely to lose
the vote, confining his support to single tweet endorsing the Democrat

“Wisconsin Democrats will now look to President Obama and ask, “Why
did you abandon us?”,” asked Mr Priebus, adding gleefully, “Let
the in-fighting begin.” While Republicans tried to generate maximum
momentum from the Wisconsin result, Democrats sought comfort in exit polls
that showed voters saying they would support Mr Obama over Mr Romney by 9
points, according to a ABC News.

David Axelrod, senior strategist in the Obama campaign said the polls “raised
big questions” for Mr Romney, a relative moderate and stilted
campaigner who has failed to capture the imagination of the Republican
grass-roots in the manner of Governor Walker.

They also pointed to the vast gap in funding, driven by out-of-state
contributions from big ticket Republican donors, which saw Governor Walker
outs-spending his Democrat opponent Tom Barrett by almost 8 to 1 – a
situation that will not be replicated nationally in November.

Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, played down the significance of the
Republican win, saying he “wouldn’t read much into” the result.

“What you had was an incumbent governor in a repeat election that he had
won once, in which he outspent his challenger by a magnitude of seven or
eight to one with an enormous amount of outside corporate money and huge
donations,” he added Citing the favourable exit polls, Tripp Wellde,
the Democrat campaign director in Wisconsin, said he also expected a
different result come in the autumn.

“President Obama again held a strong advantage over Romney. These data
points clearly demonstrate a very steep pathway for Mitt Romney to recover
in the state,” he said.

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