Finalized Wisconsin Election Results Show Union-Backed Court Candidate Losing
All the votes are in, and they’ve all been counted, and it looks like union-backed state Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg has lost by over 7,000 votes. For now, anyway. A recount is most assured.
A conservative justice has weathered attempts to link him to Wisconsin’s governor and a divisive union rights law and won re-election, according to county vote totals finalized Friday.
Tallies from each of the state’s 72 counties show Justice David Prosser defeated challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by 7,316 votes. State election officials said they will wait to declare an official winner until the deadline for Kloppenburg to seek a recount passes.
The unions, of course, had hoped that by electing Kloppenburg she’d help overturn the controversial collective bargaining legislation that inspired liberal activists to flood and vandalize the state capitol. They invested a lot of resources in this race, and the loss has to sting.
The deadline for requesting a recount is the end of business on Wednesday. And, actually, the margin of Prosser’s victory is small enough that the State of Wisconsin will by law pick up the estimated $1 million cost if she chooses to do it.
Given that her ardent, angry supporters aren’t likely to let her do anything but mount a recall, this isn’t quite over yet. But is a recount likely to make a difference? Not likely, if recent recount efforts are any indication:
In the November 2010 election, Mark Dayton of the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party edged out Republican Tom Emmer in the race to replace Tim Pawlenty as Minnesota governor.
A recount showed Dayton’s winning margin slip by 95 votes, but he still maintained a 8,675 vote difference, or a margin of victory of 0.4 percent.
The 2008 U.S. Senate race in Minnesota between incumbent Republican Sen. Norm Coleman and Democratic challenger Al Franken, featured one of the most contentious recount efforts in recent history. The recount effort lasted almost eight months.
Out of 2.9 million ballots cast, canvassed election results showed Coleman holding a 215 vote lead, a difference of 0.0089 percent.
Prosser is almost assuredly the victor, but the unions will no doubt continue to cry fowl.Tags: unions, wisconsin