Open thread: Wisconsin supreme court election results; Update: Down to the wire

posted at 8:37 pm on April 5, 2011 by Allahpundit

The polls close at 9 p.m. ET, 8 p.m. Madison time. Dude, I’m nervous.

Madison city clerk Maribeth Witzel-Behl said 7,190 absentee ballots had already been submitted by Monday, outpacing the absentee count from the presidential primary of February 2008. While the ballots haven’t been counted, high turnout in the liberal city is likely to Kloppenburg’s benefit.

Witzel-Behl predicted a 60 percent turnout, which would be a record high for an April election since Madison started keeping records in 1984. Madison also has hotly contested mayoral and county executive races, but political observers suspect the statewide race is driving many voters’ passions…

While neither candidate’s campaign would discuss internal polling numbers, one political expert said the frenzied pace of last-minute spending suggested a tight race. Mordecai Lee, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, said groups usually cut their losses and save their money if polls show their candidate significantly behind.

To see how overtly Kloppenburg’s supporters have turned this race into a referendum on the collective bargaining law, check out Ann Althouse’s latest photo. It’s a case study in why electing judges is a bad idea. If Kloppenburg wins and shocks the world by voting to uphold the CB law, it’ll be a crushing betrayal of those who voted for her. If she does what’s expected and votes to strike it down, it’ll reinforce the ever-growing perception that judges are political hacks who do the bidding of their party. (Kloppenburg’s not really hiding her intentions, emphasizing in her speeches that she looks forward to being a check on the executive and legislative branches, hint hint.) That’s bad news for courts generally and for her individually, but I guess she’ll worry about that once she’s gotten her supreme court seat.

NRO’s Robert Costa, who’s been the blogosphere’s go-to guy for reporting on Wisconsin lately, says the key counties for Prosser are Brown, Racine, Milwaukee, and Outagamie. The Journal-Sentinel will be posting results here and Wisconsin Politics will likely be updating here. While we wait for numbers, go on over to Time’s new poll of the 100 most influential people this year and vote for, well, anyone besides the Fleebagger 14.

Update: As hard as it is for an eeyore to type these words, the news as of 11 p.m. ET is … good!

Historic reporting pattern for WI suggests Prosser will win with good margin.

At the moment, slightly more than 50 percent of precincts have reported. Prosser leads by … 1,100 votes.

Update: Turnout looks to be roughly double what it usually is for state supreme court elections.

Update: Prosser already leads by 40,000 votes in Waukesha County with just over 25 percent of precincts reporting. That’s where he’ll pad his lead; Kloppenburg will have to clean up elsewhere to erase it.

Update: At 10 minutes to midnight, with a little more than 75 percent reporting, Kloppenburg leads by 7,000 votes with still some precincts left to report in her strongholds of Dane and Milwaukee. A friend in Wisconsin e-mailed me a few minutes ago to say that Prosser is strongly underperforming compared to how Walker did in November. The one bright spot: A few heavily Republican counties still have yet to report. Stay tuned.

Update: Shortly after midnight, Swing State Projects says Prosser’s still on track to win based on its modeling — but by less than a single percentage point.

Update: With 3346 of 3630 precincts reporting, Prosser leads by not quite 600 votes. He’s still waiting for 68 precincts from his stronghold of Waukesha to report; Kloppenburg’s waiting on 41 from her stronghold of Dane. The spin tomorrow regardless of who wins: Wisconsin is very much in play next year. And, fears to the contrary notwithstanding, the conservative grassroots is fully capable of matching motivated liberals in turnout, even in a state that’s been ground zero for left-wing activism for a month now.

I’ll hang around until all precincts are in, but needless to say, we’re headed for a recount.

Update: Waukesha is now 100 percent in and Prosser has just a 1,600 vote lead overall — with some precincts in Dane, Eau Claire, and Milwaukee, Kloppenburg’s other strongholds, still to report. Hmmm.

Update: At 1:00 a.m. ET, Milwaukee’s mayor is announcing that they’re just now starting to count 8,000 absentee ballots. Prosser’s lead at the moment is just 1,700 votes.

Update: Twenty-five minutes later, another source is reporting that Milwaukee’s absentee ballots have already been counted and are reported in the overall precinct totals.

Update: It’s 2 a.m. ET and the precincts that have yet to report are coming in at a glacial pace, so I’m going to call it a night. The good news is that Prosser leads by almost 2,000 votes with just 55 precincts still to come in. The bad news is that almost all of those precincts are in counties that have broken for Kloppenburg. Her big targets are in Milwaukee, where 12 precincts are outstanding, and in Eau Claire, where 21 remain. Both are breaking roughly 60/40 for her. Beyond that, she can pick up spare change in Ashland (six precincts outstanding) and Sauk (eight precincts). And there’s still one fateful precinct still out in Dane County, which is populous and where she’s been winning big all night. Brace yourselves for a recount and endless court battles. Belated exit question: What happens if the state supreme court has to decide the election — and deadlocks at 3-3 after Prosser recuses himself?


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by the way, Prosser still has a 600 vote lead as of this morning.

rob verdi on April 6, 2011 at 5:51 AM

Jim the husband said a local station had on at 4:30 it was a tie. Hope we don’t have people finding votes in trunks of cars today.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Here’s a map of what isn’t counted yet. I think it will go her way.
http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/119308059.html

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 6:42 AM

How many precincts reporting from Illinois?

Roy Rogers on April 6, 2011 at 1:11 AM

See…this is why you’re not a Democrat. You don’t actually report the precinct when it’s not your state…you just sort of fold some Galena School Board vote totals in with the Grant County numbers.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 6:43 AM

Hope we don’t have people finding votes in trunks of cars today.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 6:26 AM

Today, tomorrow, next week … whatever it takes.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 6:44 AM

I think it is safe to say, that even with all the Madison crazies, that WI is no longer a clearly progressive state

r keller on April 6, 2011 at 2:21 AM

Not totally, and probably never has been. Obey has been bring home the pork and people like pork. That gravy train has stopped so reality has hit. Programs will have to be cut. When there are more jobs in public sector than factory jobs your in deep you know what.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 6:51 AM

Today, tomorrow, next week … whatever it takes.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 6:44 AM

Oh yeah, I am bracing for it. What are you up so early for work too?

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 6:52 AM

Just woke to the bad news (I’m surmising the resident experts think she’ll pull it out). If the legislature had just reheld the vote would we even have to worry about Kloppenburg?

Firefly_76 on April 6, 2011 at 7:03 AM

That was actually a little attempt at humor on my part; I believe Denmark and Sweden have gone to war with each other more than times than any other European nations – I was simply drawing the logical conclusion.

Inkblots on April 6, 2011 at 12:45 AM

Actually, Denmark and Sweden have a lot in common with Minnesota, especially when it comes to their attitudes towards government. Socialist swine everywhere.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 12:47 AM

And Norway. All of them are socialists.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 7:07 AM

Can anyone remember when a Republican won in a recount? Me neither. I need to go find those ballots I forgot in my trunk.

Logboy on April 6, 2011 at 7:09 AM

The nonpartisan matchup between Prosser, a self-described judicial conservative, and Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general who has vowed to be impartial on the bench,

is this a lib paper wi farmgirl?

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:15 AM

Because of the closeness of the race, a Milwaukee election commissioner has asked police to guard ballots overnight

can’t say that I blame him on that..

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:17 AM

Good morning, everyone. No final result yet?

Sure hope the police guarding the ballots aren’t the same ones who looked the other way while the union thugs were at the Capitol.

GrannyDee on April 6, 2011 at 7:29 AM

is this a lib paper wi farmgirl?

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:15 AM

They both lean left. Milwaukee not so much, Madison quite left.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 7:31 AM

So, how did the Zombies break?

victor82 on April 6, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Still a victory for the good guys IMHO. They weren’t supposed to have to cheat to win. Walker’s policies were supposed to be generating a backlash that would have made this election a cakewalk for Kloppenburg. That was the narrative, wasn’t it?

Sekhmet on April 6, 2011 at 7:33 AM

Because of the closeness of the race, a Milwaukee election commissioner has asked police to guard ballots overnight

This is like the Corleones arranging for the Barzinis to take care of the Don’s well-being while he is in hospital.

victor82 on April 6, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Can’t blame them for having the police watch the ballots? Neither can I…remember which side the police have been on during this whole union ginned up debate….as a lefty, that’s exactly who I’d want watching the ballots…

Whippet on April 6, 2011 at 7:34 AM

Sure hope the police guarding the ballots aren’t the same ones who looked the other way while the union thugs were at the Capitol.

GrannyDee on April 6, 2011 at 7:29 AM

That’s what I was thinking.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 7:35 AM

Well we were suppose to get smoked so in reality I think we did pretty good.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 7:36 AM

Wisconsin has has it’s share of voter fraud, especially in Milwaukee….I think this will get ugly very quickly

Whippet on April 6, 2011 at 7:38 AM

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 7:31 AM

gotcha…

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:41 AM

Whippet on April 6, 2011 at 7:34 AM

good point…minnesota redux?

cmsinaz on April 6, 2011 at 7:42 AM

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 7:31 AM

I really hope things turn out well for your state.
But color me skeptical.
I have avoided driving through WI for several years now. I don’t think I’ll be changing my mind now.
BTW-we have some room for a Conservative gal here in ND if you must flee.

Badger40 on April 6, 2011 at 7:48 AM

Time to get ready for work. Hopefully, we’ll have a positive result by the time I get home at 5:30.

TTFN.

GrannyDee on April 6, 2011 at 7:51 AM

Wisconsin should be dug out of the continent and launched into space.

Bishop on April 6, 2011 at 7:54 AM

While it will suck if Prosser loses, I am heartened that the race is this close. I expected a blow-out. I thought that all of the energy and organization was on the left’s side in this race and Wisconsin has traditionally been a pretty liberal state.

If the left can’t win this race overwhelmingly, in a non governor, president, congressional election, with the unions as fired-up as they will ever be, then I think that is very good news. It shows that the unions’ and liberals’ strength is weak, even in a favorable state.

It also shows what I have believed all along – most people dont’ really care about the public employee union laws – not enough to get fired up and vote about it. If the left can’t turn this issue into a wipeout against Prosser, it is not going to do much as an issue against the WI Senate republicans or Walker in a couple of years.

So, even if Prosser loses (which, b/c in any close election, the left usually manages to find new ballots, etc.), take heart, b/c there is some good news coming out of the results.

Monkeytoe on April 6, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Just woke to the bad news (I’m surmising the resident experts think she’ll pull it out). If the legislature had just reheld the vote would we even have to worry about Kloppenburg?

Firefly_76 on April 6, 2011 at 7:03 AM

>sigh<

Why does anyone think re-voting would have changed ANYTHING??!!

Let me remind you of the current situation:
An activist, leftist (but I repeat myself) judge with no standing on the matter and in direct contradiction of settled case law issues a TRO on the law. When she finds out she completely messed it up (by "restraining" the wrong person), she re-issues it TWICE (because she screwed up again the second time she issued it) – thus showing that she not only doesn't understand the particulars of the case, she doesn't CARE to understand them.

Also, she went on some morning show and stated that she would oppose ANY version of the bill, even if it was re-voted on.

Now, do you REALLY think that re-voting would have changed ANYTHING??

Do you REALLY think that by re-voting this activist/leftist judge would have simply let it go??

The left in WI were ALREADY eying this election BEFORE all of this occurred (because if you can't win at the ballot box, then you need to "win" in the court system).

And they're not just looking at the Supreme Court to rule on the open meetings issue, they're looking at the Supreme Court to simply rule the entire law unconstitutional.

So, NO, re-voting on the law wouldn't have changed anything.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2011 at 7:59 AM

A lead is a lead… If it changes, demand a recount!

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 8:03 AM

I’m not attacking him for his passion, I’m pointing out that A) his comment about who he’d engage was silly, and B) that incessant boasting about how dedicated he is annoying

GopherCon on April 6, 2011 at 8:05 AM

I did read them, and scolding someone who is feeling defeated for feeling defeated is counterproductive and comes across as arrogant. If you had been trying to cheer them up and motivate, that’d been one thing, but you tossed them under the bus “i won’t engage with defeatists”. Boo.

I appreciate the fact that you are committed, I just get tired of hearing, over and over, just how committed you are. Apparently its ok for you to criticize others, but not ok to criticize you. Got it.

GopherCon on April 6, 2011 at 8:15 AM

So, NO, re-voting on the law wouldn’t have changed anything.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2011 at 7:59 AM

I thought the only legal beef they had was the amount of time given before the vote??

Tim Zank on April 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I thought the only legal beef they had was the amount of time given before the vote??

Tim Zank on April 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM

Did you read what Religious_Zealot wrote? They aren’t interested in the ‘legal beef’. They want this dead and will declare it dead no matter what.

As my friend Lanceman said elsewhere, if Prosser loses, Wisconsin becomes Michigan.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Wisconsin should be dug out of the continent and launched into space.

Bishop on April 6, 2011 at 7:54 AM

Good morning Sunshine. Have another cup of coffee.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 8:24 AM

I thought the only legal beef they had was the amount of time given before the vote??

Tim Zank on April 6, 2011 at 8:17 AM

They have a “beef” with the entire CONCEPT of the law (which, btw, did NOT violate the open meetings law).

They have proven to the world that they will do anything, legal or otherwise, to stop the law, including:
- having Dem senators physically run away in order to avoid and stop the vote
- physical intimidation
- death threats
- having a local Dem DA IGNORE the death threats
- having an activist Dem judge issue a TRO despite her lack of standing and established case law
- having a Dem Supreme Court candidate run on the entire issue of doing away with the law

No, the liberals and unions (but again I repeat myself) aren’t just looking to ensure the bill passed correctly…

…they are doing everything they can legally and otherwise to get rid of the law.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Did you read what Religious_Zealot wrote? They aren’t interested in the ‘legal beef’. They want this dead and will declare it dead no matter what.

As my friend Lanceman said elsewhere, if Prosser loses, Wisconsin becomes Michigan.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:23 AM

A bit dramatic aren’t we?

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 8:26 AM

As my friend Lanceman said elsewhere, if Prosser loses, Wisconsin becomes Michigan.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Perhaps that will be what it takes to get the rest to wake up. If they have no tax base, unions lose anyway. It all becomes moot. People that can move will move. It will have to get better because the ship will sink if it doesnt. I hope your in a kinder mood today.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM

A tie? I’ve read some of the comments here so far with all the grave political ramifications back and forth, but everyone seems to have overlooked the most important issue:

As for tomorrow’s election, the results of which will certainly warrant a Hot Air cameo from either Humpbot or the melting bunny of despair

–Allahpundit

A tie? So does this mean we get both Humpbot and melting bunny or neither?

ncc770 on April 6, 2011 at 8:36 AM

According to this, there are 34 precincts yet to report, with 32 of them in counties that have gone for Kloppenburg. Only 2 left are from counties that have voted Prosser.

willamettevalley on April 6, 2011 at 3:59 AM

Up-thread, I looked at several of those instances, including Milwaukee and Dane Counties. What (most-likely) happened in the cases that I identified as a “false non-reporting precinct” (which includes Milwaukee and Dane) is the stringers who feed the results to the AP in several of those counties did not recognize zero-vote precincts for what they are – ZERO-VOTER PRECINCTS.

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 8:36 AM

A bit dramatic aren’t we?

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Actually that would be a bit of an understatement: She’s our drama queen.

Rod on April 6, 2011 at 8:37 AM

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM

No tax base? No problem! Cue massive union protests demanding Federal bailout …

RedPepper on April 6, 2011 at 8:38 AM

They both lean left. Milwaukee not so much, Madison quite left.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 7:31 AM

By “not so much”, she means “barely to the right of Mao Zedong, and by “quite left”, “Kim il-Sung would have been proud to grind that press organ.”

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Prossers lead just increased from under 600 to over 800.

Indy82 on April 6, 2011 at 8:46 AM

By “not so much”, she means “barely to the right of Mao Zedong, and by “quite left”, “Kim il-Sung would have been proud to grind that press organ.”

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 8:39 AM

True — these days in Mad City the most conservative media outlet might be Isthmus, which is Madison’s answer to the Village Voice. The WSJ has swung hard left in recent years.

Mr. D on April 6, 2011 at 8:48 AM

A bit dramatic aren’t we?

sandee on April 6, 2011 at 8:26 AM
Actually that would be a bit of an understatement: She’s our drama queen.

Rod on April 6, 2011 at 8:37 AM

I only call ‘em like I see ‘em.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Prossers lead just increased from under 600 to over 800.

Indy82 on April 6, 2011 at 8:46 AM

Let me pull out my spreadsheet from last night…

Something got re-added. Let me try to figure out what.

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Oh yeah, I am bracing for it. What are you up so early for work too?

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 6:52 AM

5am every day. That’s not the scandal — the scandal was staying up until 12:30am drinking Newcastle and hitting refresh on the AP election results page. Ugh…

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 8:31 AM

It may be what it takes, and that is sad. And frustrating. I’m not sure what happened between November and now. It’s like people don’t want to face the reality that is staring them in the face. Just like DC. I was hoping for more from WI voters.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Let me pull out my spreadsheet from last night…

Something got re-added. Let me try to figure out what.

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 8:50

Sweet Jesus… you have a spreadsheet???!!! I would ridicule you… if only I wasn’t on here myself refreshing the same page for 5 hours last night. lol!! :)

Indy82 on April 6, 2011 at 8:52 AM

I don’t know much of WI politics even after watching all of the news items concerning the runaway Dems and the budget law, so I can’t say whether or not WI is going to turn into Michigan.

And, I have to say, I’m a bit depressed about this election outcome and I’m starting to “warm up” to the notion that maybe the left is going to win and beat back the budget law.

Even so, I’m not ready to believe all is hopeless. Maybe this is the wake-up call the right needs to understand how difficult it is to take power back from unions and corrupt leftists.

I’m encouraged by the gains made in Wisconsin – a couple of years ago there wouldn’t have been a conservative governor and an election like this would have been a blow-out victory for the left.

I also smile at all the time, money and energy being spent in Wisconsin with negligible results. Since time, money and energy are NOT renewable resources, it gives me more hope concerning the 2012 elections. Let them spend all their money and energy now, we’ll wait till they are broke and tired and then win.

So I guess you could say I’m still slightly optimistic for WI. I’m just slowly realizing that it isn’t going to be either quick or easy to turn the state around.

Religious_Zealot on April 6, 2011 at 8:53 AM

As for tomorrow’s election, the results of which will certainly warrant a Hot Air cameo from either Humpbot or the melting bunny of despair

–Allahpundit

Yeah…a recount means keeping the iron shorts on the Humpbot and keeping the hairdryer off. Either move would be bad Karma.

Remember, kids: anything worth having is worth waiting for. Of course the longer we have to wait, the more likely that the Madison DemonRats will steal the election.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM

Ah, some more Milwaukee County votes popped in. Now the AP is reporting 484 of 486 precincts reporting. If memory serves, it was at 472 when the AP went to bed early this morning.

The odd thing is by 1 am, the local media were reporting “100% reporting” for the two county-wide local races.

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 8:54 AM

I was hoping for more from WI voters.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM

Chillax, LG. That jury is in, and the WI voters were nicely acquitted. The only way Prosser loses this race now is institutional corruption, and that’s entirely possible, even likely, but it will take a while to root that out.

I say Bully! to the WI voters for stepping up yesterday.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM

Fresh statement from Prosser campaign manager Brian Nemoir (via WisPolitics):

“While we are cautiously optimistic, it’s safe to say that this campaign will transition from turning out votes to protecting the integrity and recounting the votes.”

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I was using this site last night, and it is showing 24 precincts open, including 1 in Madison and 2 in Milwaukee.

These leftists never waste an opportunity to cheat in an election. Democracy is their enemy.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Sorry, this site.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 9:01 AM

I was hoping for more from WI voters.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM

I see the Memphis Princess is back to spit on Wisconsin voters for not reanimating Reagan from the dead.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 9:03 AM

We we also watching Sauk County, which AP reports with 8 open precincts, and voting 55/45 for The Klop. I don’t know this county; it is across the Wisconsin River from Dane County, but borders it. Close enough to Madison to be infected.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

I see the Memphis Princess is back to spit on Wisconsin voters for not reanimating Reagan from the dead.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 9:03 AM

I don’t live in Memphis. Thanks.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

MC – up by 8am after a night of ganja and huffing glue?

Impressive.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM

Further clarification on the Milwaukee County “missing” precincts case from the Journal Sentinel:

The AP said early Wednesday morning that it was missing results from Cudahy, St. Francis and a small portion of West Allis in Milwaukee County. According to results gathered by the Journal Sentinel Tuesday night, Prosser won St. Francis 1,336 votes to 1,241 and won Cudahy 2,468 to 2,313. If that proves to be the case, it would add another 250 votes to Prosser’s lead.

St. Francis officials confirmed those results Wednesday morning. Cudahy officials could not yet be reached. The Cudahy and St. Francis results would account for 10 of the 12 missing precincts in Milwaukee County with the other two coming from West Allis.

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 9:08 AM

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 8:57 AM

I will try to adopt your optimism…

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 9:10 AM

The dems should take head of the saying:

When you make peaceful change impossible, you make violent change inevitable.

Hard Right on April 6, 2011 at 9:12 AM

Heh. I meant heed. I need some caffeine.

Hard Right on April 6, 2011 at 9:13 AM

Show of hands, how many people here are hung over after last night’s robust session of drinking and refreshing?

dczombie on April 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Show of hands, how many people here are hung over after last night’s robust session of drinking and refreshing?

dczombie on April 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Ay…hic…aye.

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 9:31 AM

Say, didn’t Ed promise some breakfast beer (and not that rooty-fruity cherry stuff)?

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 9:34 AM

I have to say I have NEVER lived through an election for a judge to compare with this roller coaster ride, say nothing of for another state!

One of the best threads I have witnessed, maybe since the Florida “let us in” show a long time ago now.

I also say it’s TIME Republicans win a recount! :)

Thank you all (AND HA) for the entertainment and God bless the internet!

My local weekly that actually calls itself a newspaper STILL has not posted any local results. lol
(You might surmise I am not a subscriber)

Thank you all and I am encouraged!

golfmann on April 6, 2011 at 9:34 AM

Prosser still has lead of 835 votes. Quick, call Al Franken.

mechkiller_k on April 6, 2011 at 9:38 AM

Ask and ye shall receive…

Ed has posted the morning thread.

steveegg on April 6, 2011 at 9:40 AM

I don’t live in Memphis. Thanks.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 9:05 AM

You also don’t live in Wisconsin. Thanks.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 9:47 AM

MC – up by 8am after a night of ganja and huffing glue?

Impressive.

Jaibones on April 6, 2011 at 9:07 AM

It sustains my meager soul.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 9:48 AM

This thread is like Jersey Shore… you know you shouldn’t watch, but the drama just keeps dragging you in.

MeatHeadinCA on April 6, 2011 at 9:57 AM

Is the one precinct from Dane still outstanding?

TheRightMan on April 6, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Is the one precinct from Dane still outstanding?

TheRightMan on April 6, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Supposedly. And two from Milwaukee, among others.

steebo77 on April 6, 2011 at 10:25 AM

You also don’t live in Wisconsin. Thanks.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 9:47 AM

So, no commenting on politics in states I don’t live in? I’ll keep that in mind…

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

So, no commenting on politics in states I don’t live in? I’ll keep that in mind…

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM

Not at all. Just don’t pretend to know what you’re talking about, or take some sort of superior air when you have no stake in the game.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Vote against the fleebaggers in the Time’s most influentioal poll..
http://www.time.com/time/specials/packages/articl

Commenters are GUSHING over these fleebaggers

reshas1 on April 6, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Not at all. Just don’t pretend to know what you’re talking about, or take some sort of superior air when you have no stake in the game.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I think obakacare is proof that what happens in another state affects us all at some point. I have a “stake in the game” because unions and their thuggery affect us all.

Perhaps I don’t know what I’m talking about, but Prosser is losing, isn’t he? Sure a lot of people got out and voted for him, but what happened to the other voters since November? Can you answer that simple question?

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Arggghhhh

Prosser now behind by 311 votes :(

MaggiePoo on April 6, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Perhaps I don’t know what I’m talking about, but Prosser is losing, isn’t he? Sure a lot of people got out and voted for him, but what happened to the other voters since November? Can you answer that simple question?

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM

Prosser and Kloppenberg are in a dead heat. The difference in votes right now is 1% of 1% of the total. Your gross and inane oversimplification is as insulting as the rest of your comments last night.

And what happened in November? A blue state famous for Feingold and Doyle elected the Republican candidate by a not-overwhelming margin. You’re acting like once that happened, everything is different. It was one election. Your ignorance of our state’s politics is only overshadowed by your intense combination of myopia and naivete. Next you’re going to expect that a Republican win in 2012 is going to magically get Congress to start balancing the budget. Wake the hell up. This s**t is chess, not checkers.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Next you’re going to expect that a Republican win in 2012 is going to magically get Congress to start balancing the budget. Wake the hell up. This s**t is chess, not checkers.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 11:16 AM

Not at all. I don’t ever expect a real balanced budget. The GOP likes power, too.

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Show of hands, how many people here are hung over after last night’s robust session of drinking and refreshing?

dczombie on April 6, 2011 at 9:22 AM

I work a 10 today, I wanted to, but knew better. Too old to work like that. Too old to get that bad.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Arggghhhh

Prosser now behind by 311 votes :(

MaggiePoo on April 6, 2011 at 11:14 AM

Only 234:

RESULTS as of Wednesday, Apr 06, 2011 at 12:59 pm CDT
Election Home
Supreme Court REPORTING 99%
Joanne Kloppenburg 739,589
50%
David Prosser (inc) 739,355
50%

steebo77 on April 6, 2011 at 2:03 PM

Not at all. Just don’t pretend to know what you’re talking about, or take some sort of superior air when you have no stake in the game.

MadisonConservative on April 6, 2011 at 10:36 AM

I think obakacare is proof that what happens in another state affects us all at some point. I have a “stake in the game” because unions and their thuggery affect us all.

Perhaps I don’t know what I’m talking about, but Prosser is losing, isn’t he? Sure a lot of people got out and voted for him, but what happened to the other voters since November? Can you answer that simple question?

ladyingray on April 6, 2011 at 11:06 AM

What happened was Walker never came out and said he was going to take collective bargaining away. He said he was going to balance the budget. Lots of PEU people and their families voted for him. They have a lot to lose if CB goes, and the unions are telling their members Walker is going after their pension funds next. So people that have worked 30 years, or have skin in the game flipped to the Dem side. It’s not so hard to understand why is it? If I had 30 years in a shite job and someone was looking like they were going to not follow through on the promise of a pension I might come unglued too. This is people fighting for what they think they earned. There wasn’t a mass birth of a boat load of R’s at the last election. They were scared by the economy, and O spending money like a drunken sailor. That was all it was. The 50% of the vote this time was most likely the REAL number of conservatives we have in the state. Plus a few Dems that know we are going to sink or swim. They have no pension to cloud their sensibility. They see the truth and are voting for common sense.

wi farmgirl on April 6, 2011 at 8:25 PM

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