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He predicted that the Democrats’ failed effort to reclaim the Senate could dampen enthusiasm for the ongoing efforts to recall Mr. Walker.

“I suspect that we will see some decline in the recall sentiment, especially having gone through this and the Democrats falling short of taking back the Senate the way they wanted to do,” Mr. Franklin said.

“I think the uncertainty comes from some of the most committed Democratic grass roots organizations who may push for a recall on the basis of the strength of the Democratic base rather on strength of opinions statewide. I think the biggest wisdom on this is a recall cannot begin collecting signatures until early November at very earliest and they probably would not start collecting until sometime in the new year. I think that is a very long time for tempers to cool or for some political developments to go the other way,” he said.