Startling Development In Wisconsin State Supreme Court Race: Now, No Recount?

Friday, April 8th, 2011 at 6:01 am

A startling development has occurred in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race between conservative Justice David Prosser and Liberal candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg. It was initially reported that Kloppenburg had a slim lead, and a recount was likely.

Now, news has come out that a conservative-leaning Wisconsin county is correcting its count and giving an unofficial 7,500-vote lead to the incumbent in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race seen by liberals as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s Budget Repair Bill.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said Thursday that the votes weren’t reported to The Associated Press on Tuesday due to “human error.”

Before the announcement, it was assumed Prosser’s race against Kloppenburg was headed for a recount. But Prosser’s lead is likely to stand if the new numbers hold up through canvassing in all of Wisconsin’s 72 counties.

Opponents of the union rights law had hoped a Kloppenburg victory would set the stage for the high court to strike it down. Kloppenburg had been openly declaring herself the winner despite the fact that a recount was looming. Now, Kloppenburg’s campaign has released a statement saying:

Wisconsin voters as well as the Kloppenburg for Justice Campaign deserve a full explanation of how and why these 14,000 votes from an entire City were missed. To that end, we will be filing open records requests for all relevant documentation related to the reporting of election results in Waukesha County, as well as to the discovery and reporting of the errors announced by the County. We are confident that election officials in Waukesha County will fulfill these requests as quickly as possible so that both our campaign and the people of Wisconsin can fully understand what happened and why. Just as Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg has run to restore confidence in the court, Wisconsin residents also deserve to have full confidence in election results.

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