All 100 percent of the precincts appear to be counted in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, which has become a proxy political battle over Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation. And while a recount now appears certain, the very stunning result is that incumbent conservative Justice David Prosser — who should have been re-elected easily as of just a few weeks ago — now narrowly trails his liberal-backed challenger, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg.
The local NBC affiliate in Milwaukee reports that the final precinct has reported: the town of Lake Mills gave Prosser a net pickup of only two votes: Prosser 366, Kloppenburg 364.
Adding those figures to the Associated Press’s current spreadsheet (which continues to be corrected and adjusted on a running basis), Kloppenburg leads by 204 votes, out of nearly 1.5 million cast.
As WisPolitics reported this afternoon, Team Prosser is gearing up for a recount:
“We are assembling our legal team and continuing to watch our vote totals,” [Prosser campaign director] Nemoir said. “We are encouraged by the turnout and believe in a record-setting Supreme Court election there’s plenty of reason to believe there’s unrecognized opportunity to deliver a victory.