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GOP's Prosser Wins Disputed Wis. Race

7,316-vote victory within margin for Kloppenburg to demand recount
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 16, 2011 8:14 AM CDT
David Prosser Wins Wisconsin Supreme Court Race; JoAnne Kloppenburg May Demand Recount
JoAnne Kloppenburg, assistant attorney general, addresses her supporters in Madison, Wis., Wednesday, April 6, 2011, telling them the race to close to call.   (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

(Newser) – Wisconsin has certified GOP-backed David Prosser the victor by 7,316 votes in the disputed race for a 10-year term on the state's supreme court. Prosser immediately trumpeted that "the will of the electorate is clear with the last canvass now completed," reports the Journal-Sentinel, and called for opponent JoAnne Kloppenburg to concede. The 0.488% margin of Prosser's victory, however, gives Kloppenburg the right to a taxpayer-funded recount.

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"Now that the statewide canvass is complete, our campaign will focus our decision-making on whether to request a recount," said a Kloppenburg rep. "We will review the information available to us and carefully weigh the options." She has until 5pm Wednesday to call for a recount. Click for more background on the hotly contested Wisconsin election. (Read more JoAnne Kloppenburg stories.)

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