Groups backing both candidates spend up to $400,000 a day on TV ads
MADISON, Wis. — The race between a conservative-leaning Wisconsin Supreme Court justice and a little-known challenger fueled by a wave of anger over the state's divisive new union rights law was too close to call early Wednesday morning.
Unofficial returns from Tuesday's election showed Justice David Prosser and his opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg, were separated by fewer than 1,900 votes with 98 percent of precincts reporting. The contest was close enough that a recount appeared likely.
Under Wisconsin election law, a candidate has three days after the official results have been tallied to request a recount.
The candidate must specify a reason for the request, such as a belief a mistake was made in the counting or some other irregularity.
An assistant state attorney general, Kloppenburg began her campaign with almost no name recognition and faced what looked like an uphill fight against Prosser.