By Catalina Camia, USA TODAY
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said he has "no doubt" Mitt Romney is the underdog in his home state, but believes it will be a competitive battleground this fall for the Republican Party in the presidential race.
In an ABC News interview today after his decisive victory in a recall election, the Republican governor gives President Obama a little bit of an edge in Wisconsin partly because the Democrat is from nearby Chicago.
Walker, who was congratulated by Romney after his win Tuesday night, said his party's presumptive nominee can win if he lays out a clear plan to boost the economy.
"What it boils down to is can Gov. Romney talk about a clear strategy to get the country moving forward to take on the tough economic and fiscal crisis this country faces?" Walker told ABC's Jonathan Karl. "If he can lay that plan out clearly, I think voters in Wisconsin will at least give him a shot."
Wisconsin has not voted for a Republican for president since 1984. Although Obama won Wisconsin decisively four years ago, Democrats John Kerry and Al Gore had narrower Badger State victories in 2004 and 2000, respectively.
Earlier today, Romney adviser Ed Gillespie told reporters at a Bloomberg News breakfast that he believes Wisconsin is in play but cautioned against looking at the Wisconsin recall election as a "proxy fight" between Obama and Romney.