Prosser Declared Winner In Wisconsin Court Race After Clerical Error Had Kloppenberg Ahead
Shortly after everyone thought the votes were all counted and Democrat JoAnn Kloppenberg had a 204 vote lead, Waukesha County clerk Kathy Nicholaus found that she forgot to save 14,000 votes on her computer. As a result, 7500 votes went to incumbent conservative David Prosser. Nicholaus worked for Prosser in the mid-90’s in the state assembly leading Democrats to call for her resignation. Final tallies have been done and Prosser gets to keep his seat, having amassed a 7,316 vote margin.
Prosser’s campaign issued a statement Friday declaring victory.
“Today, the will of the electorate is clear with … Justice David Prosser re-elected,” the statement said.
Kloppenburg issued a statement that said only that her campaign would weigh a recount request and she would make an announcement no later than Wednesday. If she requests a recount, the state will pay for it because the margin between the candidates is less than a half of a percent of the total 1,497,330 votes cast.
The will of the electorate changed dramatically, as Kloppenberg was given virtually no chance until Governor Scott Walker began union busting. This election should put Republicans on notice that the tide is turning against them and could be fatal to their long-term chances if they continue anti-union, anti-middle class policies.Click here for reuse options!
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