Prosser/Kloppenburg Wis. Supreme Court Race Too Close To Call (Updated)

As of 1:23 am, CST, Prosser was holding a slim lead:

Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
David Prosser (inc) 733,074 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 732,489 50%
robertcostaNRO Robert Cost, reporting from Kloppenburg headquarters on Twitter:
Klopp: “we won’t know till tomorrow . . . It’s not over, we’re still hopeful” http://yfrog.com/h76vuenj

It looks likely that the vote will come down to a recount. And I hate to be a pessimist, but, recounts, somehow, always end up swinging in the Dems’ favor.

But this has to be a moral victory for Republicans. The unions rallied fiercely, spent a million dollars on this race, and threw everything but the kitchen sink at Prosser, and it looks like he may yet squeak out a (temporary) win.

The death of the  tea party has been greatly exaggerated.

UPDATE:

RESULTS as of Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 08:12 am CDT
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Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
David Prosser (inc) 736,878 50%
Joanne Kloppenburg 736,043 50%

UPDATE II:

Who could have predicted that the late, hand-counted votes would swing Kloppenburg’s way:

RESULTS as of Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 10:47 am CDT
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Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
Joanne Kloppenburg 739,574 50%
David Prosser (inc) 739,350 50% 


UPDATE III:

The latest update at Hot Air by Allahpundit:

As of 12:45 ET, 3629 of 3630 precincts are reporting — and Kloppenburg still leads by 224 votes. Two caveats, though. First, the vote totals didn’t change after the last two precincts came in, so the AP may still be in the process of updating the numbers. Keep an eye out here. And second, the one remaining precinct is in Jefferson Country, which has been leaning towards Prosser. He could still close the gap. Or maybe we’ll end in … a tie.

UPDATE IV:

The final tally has Klopps up 204 — let the recount begin:

Supreme Court REPORTING 100%
Joanne Kloppenburg 740,090 50%
David Prosser (inc) 739,886 50%

See also:

Legal Insurrection: Lessons of Wisconsin Supreme Court Election

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12 thoughts on “Prosser/Kloppenburg Wis. Supreme Court Race Too Close To Call (Updated)

  1. You’re kidding about the kitchen sink, right? You must know that Repubs outspent Dems at least 2-1 in this campaign — much of it that outside money that Walker so deplored during the protests.
    And they used those dollars to throw mud, and more things much worse than the kitchen sink, at Kloppenburg, esp. during the crucial last hours. If Prosser does end up winning, it will be in the same way that they beat Feingold, the same way they have won most of their recent elections: LIES.

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  2. You must know that Repubs outspent Dems at least 2-1 in this campaign

    We’d appreciate some sort of citation for that claim. Otherwise we’ll have to assume that you pulled it from your nether regions.

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  3. Oh don’t worry Kathe,
    I’m sure the democrats will find hundreds , if not thousands of votes, left over accidentally in someone’s trunk, like they usually do. And there will be plenty of dead people voting for democrats this year too. So keep your chin up!

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  4. I have to say, when the vote is this close, the Dems usually win. They feel like they were cheated in 2000, and therefore its ok to put a thumb on the scale for their candidate when they need to. Oddly enough, this also allows them to blame Bush, which is like giving them a hall pass to commit murder.

    I personally guarantee that the margin of victory for the Dems will be perfectly correlated to the number of ballots submitted as ‘Che Guavera’, ‘Noodle Store Socialist’, and ‘Mickey Mouse.’

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  5. You must know that Repubs outspent Dems at least 2-1 in this campaign

    Yeah, a cite for that would be nice.

    And they used those dollars to throw mud, and more things much worse than the kitchen sink, at Kloppenburg, esp. during the crucial last hours

    Like being a pedophile-enabler?

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  6. i can guarantee you that Trumpka is heading to Madison with some “absentee” ballots. Democrats have been known to weasel their way to unfair wins by cheating.. its just sad

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  7. Here are those cites you were looking for. The first article notes that the conservative groups, including the Tea Party Express spent over $1 million http://www.tri-cityherald.com/2011/04/03/1434998/tea-party-labor-spend-big-in-wis.html
    The numbers in that article do not include do not include the “game-changer” ad with Fr. Feeney’s sexual abuse victim, which was paid for by the Koch brothers (naturally), or the ads paid by the Club for Growth or the group known as Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce.
    http://thinkprogress.org/2011/04/04/koch-and-prosser/

    Speaking of proof, please cite a single instance of Democrats winning by dead people voting, fraudulent votes being found in trunks, or any other form of cheating that doesn’t actually occur but which is nonetheless promulgated by innuendo as a form of voter suppression. Hint: Al Gore didn’t win.
    Further hint: Can you spell P-R-O-J-E-C-T-I-O-N?

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  8. Althouse points out the breakdowns of all of the non reporting precincts, ad they are all democratic, YET if the precincts not reporting, had a 10% greater trend than surrounding counties prosser still should have won, Oddly it was more than 10% and prosser lost. Funny how that ALWAYS happens.

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  9. Speaking of proof, please cite a single instance of Democrats winning by dead people voting, fraudulent votes being found in trunks, or any other form of cheating that doesn’t actually occur but which is nonetheless promulgated by innuendo as a form of voter suppression.

    Ask and ye shall receive:

    http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/fatally-flawed/Content?oid=23586

    http://www.thestranger.com/seattle/sound-bite/Content?oid=20759

    http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2010/07/14/john-lott-al-franken-senate-election-felons-fraud-vote-minnesota-majority-norm/

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  10. Here are those cites you were looking for.

    Um, no, I was looking for the tea party outspent unions 2 to 1 cite, and “Think Progress” doesn’t count.

    Thank you for admitting Algore didn’t win, but of course, we knew that already.

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  11. So you told us that:
    You must know that Repubs outspent Dems at least 2-1 in this campaign — much of it that outside money that Walker so deplored during the protests.

    and following the links of your citation, we find that

    The Greater Wisconsin Committee, which sought to defeat Justice David Prosser and elect challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg, spent an estimated $1,365,340. Four conservative groups seeking to re-elect Justice Prosser — Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Citizens for a Strong America, Wisconsin Club for Growth, and the Wisconsin Tea Party Express — spent a combined $2,216,120.

    Oh dear, the conservative groups needed to spend another half million to double the spending by the Greater Wisconsin Committee.

    And the “much of it that outside money” claim? Let’s take a look at where the Greater Wisconsin Committee’s 2010 funding came from:

    1 Democratic Governor’s Assn $1,350,000
    2 American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees $915,000
    3 Greater Wisconsin Cmte $300,000
    4 Service Employees International Union $185,000
    5 Brico Fund/Time Out Enterprises $175,000
    6 Democratic Legislative Campaign Cmte $75,000
    6 DLCC Unicorp Fed/Nonfed Pac $75,000
    8 Epic Systems (Judith Faulkner)/Not Empl $50,000
    8 DLCC Unincorp Nonfed Ind #5 $50,000
    10 DLCC Unincorporated Nonfederal Labor $30,000
    11 Laborer’S Political League Education Fun $25,000
    12 Epic Systems (Judith Faulkner) / Not Emp $10,000
    13 Soros Fund Management $5,000
    14 Metcalfe Markets $4,000
    15 Wisconsin Transportation Builders Associ $2,000

    Plenty much outside money there.

    BTW, your link didn’t actually say that the Koch brothers paid for anything. Did you want to try backing that claim up as well?

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