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The impact of the recall on the presidential election


MADISON (WKOW) -- While people in the White House are downplaying the impact Wisconsin's recall will have on the presidential election, Republicans say it signals a shift in the state in favor of presidential hopeful Mitt Romney.

"Together, we'll move Wisconsin forward," Gov. Scott Walker said in his victory speech Tuesday.

Now, Republicans are trying to keep the momentum going forward after Wisconsin voters chose Walker over Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett in Tuesday night's recall election.

The Republican National Committee posted an ad on Youtube Wednesday, saying "the President who didn't bother to show up now faces a nation of voters ready for a real leader."

The RNC says Republicans in Wisconsin are "ready to take on Obama's failed promises to turn the economy around and make Wisconsin red for Mitt Romney in November."

Gov. Walker says voters sent a message to Obama and Romney.

"I think voters coming into the presidential election will want candidates to explain what they'll do, how they'll look out for the next generation more than just getting through this next election. That was clearly said in the election results yesterday," he says.

But experts say there's not a clear link between gubernatorial and presidential elections. Wisconsin hasn't voted for a Republican president since 1984 even though voters have obviously supported Republican governors in that time.

Plus, as Dr. Maurice Sheppard with Madison College Political Science Professor discussed on election night, there's a difference between a recall and a regularly scheduled presidential election.

"We need to be cautious. This is a unique state and a unique event," said Dr. Sheppard.

An ABC News exit poll shows Wisconsin voters support Obama over Romney 53 to 42 percent, a slightly narrower margin than he had over John McCain in 2008.

"There are a number of voters that didn't like the recall itself and did not want to see the decision overturned," Dr. Sheppard said.

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