Prosser Wins; Now What?
State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser emerged as the winner Friday over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a heated election that drew national attention because of the fight over collective bargaining and a ballot reporting error in Waukesha County.
A canvass of vote totals from the state’s 72 counties finalized Friday afternoon shows Prosser beating Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general, by 7,316 votes. Initial results in the election had showed Kloppenburg leading the race. The final canvass of the April 5 vote was completed 10 days after the election, the maximum allowed by state law.
The margin – 0.488% – is within the 0.5% limit that would allow Kloppenburg to request a statewide recount at taxpayers’ expense.
The deadline for calling for a recount is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Although counties have certified their results, by law the Government Accountability Board can’t certify the statewide results and declare an official winner until after that recount deadline passes or after completion of a recount, the state agency noted.
The Kloppenburg campaign has not decided whether to seek a recount, and it has not conceded the race, either.
Well, will the Kloppenburg folks go for the full, taxpayer-funded recount? Or will they just hunt and peck for Democratic / liberal votes in Dane, Milwaukee, and other college-student-laced counties like Eau Claire, La Crosse, and Portage (Stevens Point)?
My overall guess is it will be combination of two things. The first will be a request for a “full and intense” investigation of Waukesha County given the “Brookfield Bombshell” and then the latter of the two options I posted before. See, by asking for a recount in selected counties, while simultaneously asking for the investigation of Waukesha they can isolate it from having it included as an “accepted” part of the statewide canvass. What Team Kloppenburg will try to do is walk both lines of the ballot issue so that they can avoid having Waukesha’s numbers included as long as they can.
Why are they doing this? Because if they accept the canvass as is, they accept what happened in Waukesha as is; and doing that will not give them an avenue to victory. The likelihood of them finding a 7,317 votes net gain in a recount is very, very, very, very, very slim. (Enough veries there?) Their attorneys will do all they can to say things along the line of “The Statewide Canvass was sound. Waukesha County was not,” the point being to eventually see if they can get Brookfield’s — hell possibly all of Waukesha County if possible — tossed out because its the only option they have to win.
Because the worst fear the Kloppenburg legal team truly has, is not “losing” a recount. It’s if Waukesha County is allowed to re-run its ballots through its machines again, and the numbers come out the same.