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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

 10:39 AM 

Obama Campaign says it's stronger following recall effort

The Wisconsin state director of Organizing for America -- a joint effort by the Obama campaign and the Democratic National Committee -- wrote this morning that the president's re-election efforts have been strengthened in Wisconsin regardless of the results of Tuesday's recall election.

"We are coming out of this effort with a stronger Democratic organization and more engaged supporters and volunteers," Tripp Wellde wrote in the OFA memo. "Just like the Senate recalls did last summer, this election has galvanized our field operation."

Wellde said although the election results "were not what we had hoped for," state Dems waged "an impressive battle" despite a large campaign spending disadvantage. He also noted exit polls showing Obama with a lead over presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney.

"(I)n an ironic twist, while Scott Walker spent thirty million dollars touting economic progress in the state over the past two years, in November, it is President Obama who will be the beneficiary," Wellde wrote.

RNC Chairman -- and former head of the Wisconsin GOP -- Reince Priebus countered that Walker's win shows "celebrating store front openings doesn't bring people to the polls."

"President Obama will get a rude awakening when he returns to Wisconsin to try and rally his base," Priebus said in a statement. "After abandoning one of his earliest supporters in Tom Barrett, this president cannot credibly ask Wisconsin Democrats to enthusiastically get behind his candidacy."

-- By Andy Szal

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