Talking Points Memo: Prosser Takes Lead In Wisconsin (For Now)

April 7, 2011- Incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser appears to have taken a super-narrow lead in the state's hotly contested Supreme Court race, as one county has posted new numbers — just one step in a very likely long process that will involve the continued canvassing of the votes, and a full recount.

On Wednesday, liberal-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory. With 100% of precincts reported in the Associated Press, Kloppenburg had a lead of 204 votes against the once-safe conservative incumbent — fueled in great measure by liberal mobilization against Republican Gov. Scott Walker's anti-public employee union legislation.

But now, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:

Figures on Winnebago County's website are now different from those collected by the AP.

Winnebago County's numbers say Prosser received 20,701 votes to Kloppenburg's 18,887. The AP has 19,991 for Prosser to Kloppenburg's 18,421.

The new numbers would give Prosser 244 more votes or a 40-vote lead statewide.

On Wednesday, the director of the state's election agency told reporters that votes are expected to change as the counties go through their results.


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