Politico’s Robin Bravender has a piece on the home page today about the specter of a recount in today’s Wisconsin recall election, a cringe-worthy prospect given the state’s already intensely polarized environment. The idea that the recall might still be unsettled at the end of the evening, or that it might go to overtime, is one that’s largely been advanced in recent days by Democrats — they have an obvious interest in countering turnout-depressing polling suggesting that GOP Gov. Scott Walker has the race in the bag. But the notion of a contest that goes to a recount isn’t really all that far-fetched, as Robin notes.
… If you extend the time frame beyond the past two years, there are other excruciatingly close, high-profile Wisconsin elections to point to as well.
John Kerry won the state in 2004 by just 11,384 votes — 0.4 percentage point. In 2000, Al Gore carried the state by an even smaller margin — 0.2 percentage point. Already, it would appear the political war machinery is warming up.
Full Article: The cringe-worthy recall recount scenario – POLITICO.com.