A recount is all but certain in the race for state Supreme Court, which would pose a host of legal questions, raise the political stakes in efforts to recall state senators, ignite a new bout of political fundraising and further fuel Wisconsin’s ongoing battle over union bargaining.
On Wednesday, nearly 20 hours after the polls closed, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg claimed victory over Justice David Prosser after an unofficial tally showed her holding the thinnest of leads. According to an unofficial tally by The Associated Press, she was up 204 votes out of nearly 1.5 million cast – a margin of 1/100th of a percent.
“Wisconsin voters have spoken, and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust,” she said in a statement. Wisconsin is already a focus of national attention because of the fight over Gov. Scott Walker’s collective bargaining measure, and now the state’s election system will likely get unprecedented scrutiny under the first statewide recount in more than 20 years.
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