Jim Doyle

Gov. Walker gives pep talk to Md. GOP

Gov. Walker gives pep talk to Md. GOP

TAMPA, Fla. -- Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who is something of a celebrity at the Republican National Convention this week, had a message today for the Maryland delegation: Take heart.

Walker, who became a hero of the conservative movement after surviving a high-profile recall attempt in June, noted that Republicans in Wisconsin had once been heavily outgunned by Democrats, too. This year, the state is home to the party's vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, and is considered a tossup.

"Prior to the Nov. 2, 2010 election, the last time we carried the state was 1984," said Walker, the most prominent Republican who has come to address to the state's delegates and...