As you may have heard, there is an election in Wisconsin today. It is a contested election for the state Supreme Court. Apparently, when an incumbent is seeking reelection, as is the case today, these are normally sleepy affairs with the incumbent coasting to reelection. Not so today: the incumbent is a Republican who is thought to be sympathetic with Governor Walker’s agenda, while his challenger is a Democrat who isn’t.
As of this writing, 76% of the results are in, and the challenger (Joanne Kloppenburg) has a narrow 7,000 vote lead over the incumbent (David Prosser) out of over a million counted. The mere fact that it’s even close suggests that this is not a business-as-usual judicial election in Wisconsin, and that’s a good thing. The fact that she might actually win, well, that’s huge.
Stay tuned. I’ll update periodically.
UPDATE (12:06 am): 85% in, and Kloppenburg is now up 24,000. Must … not … get … hopes … up …
UPDATE (12:10 am): And just like that, the lead is down to 5,000 with 88% in. Wow.
UPDATE (12:29 am): 92% in, and Prosser has taken a 600 vote lead. I smell a recount. That should be good for a few laughs.
UPDATE (1:02 am): 97% in, and Prosser holds about a 2,000 vote lead – but there are still some pro-Kloppenburg precincts yet to report in. Specifically, Eau Claire county, which so far has gone for Kloppenburg 60-40, is only 2/3 in, and is quite populous. However, there are also a few pro-Prosser counties that have not fully reported. So, fingers crossed.
UPDATE (9 am): Over 12 hours since the polls closed, and there are still votes to be counted. So far, 99% are in, and Prosser is holding an 800 vote lead out of nearly 1.5 million cast. One report shows some additional numbers that cut Prosser’s lead down to about 600. Either way, the difference is much less than 0.1% of the votes, which seems likely almost to guarantee a recount. I’m no expert on WI recount law, but in light of the climate, it’s hard to imagine a different outcome. Whew.