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Minutes before the polls closed, Ryan predicted a Walker win saying, "Today, Wisconsin saves itself."


Paul Ryan calls Wisconsin recall election for Walker

Minutes before the polls closed, Ryan predicted a Walker win saying, “Today, Wisconsin saves itself.”

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) may not believe in picking the winners in economics, but he had no problem — correctly — calling the race in Tuesday night??s Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, well before final results came in.

At the Competitive Enterprise Institute annual dinner in Washington, D.C., Ryan was predicting a Walker win even as he took the podium, minutes before the polls closed.

??In six minutes, we will show that Wisconsin got our state back,? he announced, to thunderous applause. ??Today, Wisconsin saves itself. And on November 6th, Wisconsin saves America.?

Ryan??s keynote address at the dinner focused on a choice between two futures: opportunity society versus welfare state; Adam Smith and John Locke versus Rousseau and Hegel.

In Wisconsin, Ryan said, citizens were embracing the opportunity to make difficult choices and decide their own future.

??We have gone straight to our citizens. We treat them like adults. We told them the problems that we see in our state and our federal government,? Ryan said. ??And we??re asking them for permission to give us the ability to fix this mess before it gets out of our control.?

And, Ryan said, polls and surveys proved that Americans at large still wanted the same choices and responsibilities. With no results clear in Wisconsin, ten minutes after the polls had closed, Ryan closed his speech with the same confidence in in the evening??s eventual outcome.

??If we give the country a crystal clear choice, you know what, just like I??m predicting tonight, in Wisconsin? We??ll win,? he said.

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Hope Hodge first covered military issues for the Daily News of Jacksonville, N.C., where her beat included the sprawling Marine Corps base, Camp Lejeune. During her two years at the paper, she received investigative reporting awards for exposing a former Marine who was using faked military awards to embezzle disability pay from the government and for breaking news about the popularity of the designer drug Spice in the ranks. Her work has also appeared in The American Spectator, New York Sun, WORLD Magazine, and The Washington Post. Hodge was born near Boston, Mass., where she grew up as a lover of Revolutionary War history and fall foliage. She also discovered a love of politics and policy as a grassroots volunteer and activist on Beacon Hill. She graduated in 2009 with a degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics from The King's College in New York City, where she served as editor-in-chief of her school newspaper and worked as a teaching assistant when not freelancing or using student discounts to see Broadway shows. Hope??s email is