In an unexpected twist, a reporting error that cost Judge David Prosser 7,500 votes in Tuesday’s election for Wisconsin Supreme Court justice has been corrected, placing the incumbent safely ahead of challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.
David Prosser gained 7,582 votes in Waukesha County, after a major counting error of Brookfield results was detected, County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced in a stunning development this afternoon.
Nickolaus says the reason for the big change is that data transmitted from the City of Brookfield was imported but that she failed to save those results to the database. Brookfield cast 14,315 votes on April 5 — 10,859 of those votes went to Prosser and 3,456 went to JoAnne Kloppenburg.
The real story here is not even that Prosser might win. It’s that it was this close to begin with. Even with the full power of the unions, celebrities, students, Jesse Jackson, Obama’s “Organizing For America,” death threats, accusations of “attacking teachers and children,” fleeing Congressmen and Congresswomen, overly supportive media, romantic visions of 60’s-style protests, comparisons to Mubarak and Hitler and threats of a general strike, THIS is the best the Democrats could do? A race that has to go to recount?
If this were the slam dunk that the left seemed to think it was (I mean, the right to negotiate with politicians is a God-given right, or something!) then it should have been a blowout. A walkover.
What this says is that the public wants this law in place. Let’s not kid ourselves. This election was a referendum on the budget reform bill. And win or lose, the fact that it was even this close is not good news to the union bosses and the Democrat politicians who depend on that reliable stream of campaign contributions. If it can happen in the eye of the storm, it’s only a matter of time before more states join in. Before this election Wisconsin provided these other states cover. Now it provides them with a chance.