I repeat, JoAnne Kloppenburg lost. David Prosser won.
The vote margin stands at 7316, a virtually insurmountable lead for a recount. All the hanging chads in the world will not put Kloppenburg on the Supreme Court.
ProsserKloppenburg is in a really tough spot here. A closeelection like this, you would pretty much have to file a recount.
But a recount would throw the impartiality and fairness of the Wisconsin court system into doubt, considering any judge in Wisconsin would have a personal interest in the case.
For the sake of the Wisconsin courts,
ProsserKloppenburg might have to swallow the narrowloss.
How great would it be if massive loudspeakers blasted this song as Palin took the stage in the belly of the beast? They’d tear their hair out.
Updates: Prosser has declared victory:
“Today, the will of the electorate is clear with the last canvas now completed and Justice David Prosser reelected to another 10 year term to the Supreme Court. Justice Prosser extends his appreciation and respect to Joanne Kloppenburg and her spirited campaign.
With certified results in‐hand, Justice Prosser hopes that a shared respect for the judiciary allows the campaign to move to a positive conclusion.
Justice Prosser looks forward to thanking the voters of Wisconsin and is expected make a public address in the near‐future.”
Kloppenburg is pondering her options:
“Now that the statewide canvass is complete, our campaign will focus our decision making on whether to request a recount. By statute, we have three business days in which to make that decision. We will review the information available to us and carefully weigh the options. We will make an announcement concerning our decision no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2011.”