Thought you all might want to know this:
Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg declared victory Wednesday, based on results reported by the Associated Press.
The Associated Press shows Kloppenburg received 740,090 votes and incumbent David Prosser received 739,886 votes. The margin is 204 votes.
In a statement, Kloppenburg said:
“We owe Justice Prosser our gratitude for his more than 30 years of public service. Wisconsin voters have spoken and I am grateful for, and humbled by, their confidence and trust. I will be independent and impartial and I will decide cases based on the facts and the law. As I have traveled the State, people tell me they believe partisan politics do not belong in our Courts. I look forward to bringing new blood to the Supreme Court and focusing my energy on the important work Wisconsin residents elect Supreme Court justices to do.”
Without question, there will be a recount, but as we have seen, it is very important to be ahead when the recount begins. Public opinion begins to sour on the person who was behind at the end of the count yet continues to demand recounts and attempt legal maneuvers.
As to what this all means, well, I’m sure the charges of voter fraud, voter intimidation, and everything else can begin on Fox News, in the WSJ, and on Morning Joe. You can almost guarantee that the wingnut hacks at the Daily Caller are already working the New Black Panther Party angle, and will work it till it hurts. And Mr. Peak Wingnut himself knows who is to blame:
Gov. Scott Walker said this afternoon that the spring election results show there are “two very different worlds in this state.”
“You’ve got a world driven by Madison, and a world driven by everybody else out across the majority of the rest of the state of Wisconsin,” Walker said at a press conference in the Capitol.
Walker said he didn’t believe the election was a referendum on his policies, saying the results reinforce Wisconsin’s status as a “purple” state. He attributed other victories by Dem-backed candidates outstate to local factors, while noting that conservative candidates such as Jim Ladwig in Racine also emerged victorious Tuesday. In particular, he said the results in the race for his former post as Milwaukee County executive reflected its status as a “dark blue county.”
There’s Madison and Milwaukee, and then there’s real Wisconsin, with the Real Murrikans who live there.