SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Mitt Romney says the failed attempt to recall Wisconsin’s Republican governor should embolden conservatives. He also says it could offer his presidential campaign a dose of hope come November.

Romney said Wednesday the election was won by the people of Wisconsin “doing the right thing and voting for conservative principles.”

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Labor unions and Democrats had hoped to oust Gov. Scott Walker from office but he held on with a solid victory Tuesday. Romney will now inherit Walker’s political infrastructure in hopes of following up with a victory of his own in the state on Nov. 6.

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Wisconsin has voted for the Democratic nominee in the last six presidential elections.

Romney also noted that Walker was the first governor in U.S. history to fend off a recall.

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