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.
"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.)