Gov. Bob McDonnell, who heads the Republican Governors Association, said Tuesday on WMAL radio in Washington, D.C. he believes embattled Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker will win the state's recall election.
"That's my prediction," McDonnell said. "I can only tell you that for 20 consecutive pulls up there he's been ahead. Although it's close. It's three to five points. They have same day registration. Both sides are motivated - the unions on the other side, and the Republicans and conservatives on our side to get the vote out. I think it is clearly a get out the vote election. It's a very divided electorate."
"But Scott Walker has gotten results - in jobs, in property tax cuts, in fiscal management of the budget. And I do think voters will reward him in a close result today."
Walker is facing a recall vote in Wisconsin Tuesday over signing legislation last year that limited the collective bargaining rights for labor unions. The legislative battle over the issue caused a walkout by Wisconsin's Democratic State Senators last year to stop a vote on the measure, and saw the state Capitol in Madison virtually taken over by union members and their supporters in protest of the legislation.
McDonnell had been scheduled to visit Wisconsin as head of the RGA to support Walker in his recall fight, but bad weather kept him from making the trip.
"I was on the tarmac for three hours waiting to go to Wisconsin, but weather prevented me from actually getting there last week," McDonnell said.