San Antonio, Texas (CNN) - That Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker survived Tuesday’s recall vote is a sign the state could end up in the Republican column in November, Romney said Wednesday.
Wisconsin hasn't voted for a Republican on a presidential level since 1984.
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"A blue state said we've seen a conservative governor, he kept back on the scale of government and has held down taxes and stood up to the public sector unions, and we want more of that not less of it. And I think you're going to find that in the decision that's being made in November," Romney said during a tele-town hall with small business owners.
Speaking earlier at a fund-raising event in San Antonio, the GOP presidential candidate said what happened in Wisconsin "will echo throughout the country."
"What happened yesterday was people looked at a Republican governor, a conservative – and even though they may have been Democrat or independent – they looked at the record of a conservative who cut back on the size of government, who held down taxes, who said we had to reform – in this case public sector unions that asked for too much – and then he went to the polls," Romney said.
The former Massachusetts governor and businessman reacted to the Wisconsin recall during the fundraiser and the tele-town hall coordinated by the National Federation of Independent Business. He did not mention it when he spoke to thousands of employees at USAA in San Antonio, his only public event today.
President Barack Obama defeated Sen. John McCain there by 14 points in 2008. Wisconsin may be tougher for Obama to win this time, but it is still an uphill climb for Romney.
Romney mostly tiptoed around the recall fight, declining to campaign in the state for Walker. But the presumptive Republican presidential nominee is likely to make an appearance in the state soon, sources tell CNN.
- CNN Political Reporter Peter Hamby contributed to the report.