Kloppenburg Picks Up Votes, But Prosser Still Ahead In WI Supreme Court Recount

By: Michael McIntee, UpTake Journalist

JoAnne Kloppenburg declares victory in Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

With a little more than one-quarter of the votes recounted, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg has picked up 105 votes that were missed on election night. However, her opponent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser has picked up 119 votes giving Prosser a net swing of 14 votes for a lead of 7,330 votes.

Prosser had been comfortably ahead in the polls until Governor Scott Walker attempted to pass an anti-workers’ rights law in Wisconsin. Prosser has been closely aligned with Walker. The law, like Prosser’s future is in limbo as courts decide its fate.

On election night it appeared Kloppenburg had pulled an upset winning by a scant 200 votes. Two days later the clerk in Waukesha county said she had mistakenly forgot to include 14,000 votes in the total. The additional ballots gave Prosser a 7,316 vote victory.

The recount has been finished in 20 of Wisconsin’s 72 counties. At this rate the recount will probably not be finished until May 9th. After the vote totals have been certified, the loser of the race may appeal to a judge appointed by Wisconsin’s Supreme Court. It is assumed that Prosser would not participate in that decision.

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