State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser emerged as the winner Friday over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a heated election that drew national attention because of the fight over collective bargaining and a ballot reporting error in Waukesha County, following initial results that showed Kloppenburg leading the race.
A canvass of vote totals from the state’s 72 counties finalized Friday afternoon shows Prosser beating Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general, by 7,316 votes. The final canvass of the April 5 vote was completed 10 days after the election, the maximum allowed by state law.
The margin – 0.488% – is within the 0.5% limit that would allow Kloppenburg to request a statewide recount at taxpayers’ expense.
Let this help bring the whole budget reform matter in Wisconsin under control. The voters had a chance to elect a union backed judge who would have shifted the balance of power on the court over to the left (and would have most likely blocked the bill under some obscure statute that judges seem to find when they want to block the work of the legislative branch -you know the type). But the voters said no. If the left was willing to make a potential Prosser loss about a rejection of Governor Scott Walker, they have to accept that their own defeat here was a rejection of their side of the argument.