Wisconsin Recount Plods Along, With 21-Vote Gain for Prosser

Monday, 02 May 2011 01:57 PM

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While people throughout the country spend much of their energy today recounting tales of the decadelong quest to bring Osama bin Laden to justice and the final outcome of his death at the hands of U.S. special forces, folks in Wisconsin returned to the menial and tedious, but significant, recount of their own: re-tallying the almost 1.5 million votes cast in the April 5 election between conservative incumbent State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and his challenger, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenberg.

Judge David Prosser, Wisconsin
Judge David Prosser's lead grows a tad in a pool of 1.5 million votes.
At the end of the day on the fifth day of counting Sunday, the Government Accountability Board released the results so far, with one-third of the votes recounted: Prosser's lead over Kloppenburg had risen by 21 votes to an unofficial 7,337, according to Steve Eggleston's Hot Air blog.

Board spokesman Reid Magney told The Associated Press this morning that he hadn't heard of any major anomalies or issues arising during the weekend. But the tally the AP reported varied greatly from the accountability board's report, and Eggleston also noted some glitches with the figures.

Deadline for finishing the recount, widely considered a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker's controversial budget reforms, is May 9.

Kloppenburg originally demanded a hand recount, but the candidates compromised with hand recounts in 31 of the Badger State's 72 counties, and machine tallies in the others.



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