According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser just took a 7,000+ vote lead over challenger Joanne Kloppenburg.
Kloppenburg, pictured here without her broomstick, had held a 204 vote lead according to results reported by the Associated Press. Based on this, Kloppenburg declared victory yesterday and promised to bring “new blood” to the Court. She didn’t specify whether that new blood was to be from a sacrificed virgin or just the menses of a Satyress, but that now appears to be a moot point.
It’s moot because Prosser picked up 7,582 votes in Waukesha County today. Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus is scheduled to appear at a news conference any minute to explain this dramatic change. However, reports indicate that discrepancy was due to a computer error.
Apparently Waukesha County uses an an antiquated personal computer to store county election results instead of a newer data system that is being utilized elsewhere in the state. This somehow led to the results from the city of Brookfield to be excluded from yesterday’s tally. Brookfield is a Republican stronghold, and with the city’s votes included Prosser gained enough votes to put him solidly in the lead.
So it looks like the conservative Prosser has held on to his job. It was a close call though: a virtual dead-heat with nearly one and a half million total votes cast. Wow.
Of course, things could still change. Perhaps Kloppenburg can conjure up several thousand votes with some help from an eye of newt and a twitch of her nose.
(Disclaimer to the humorless: Ms. Kloppenburg is not, to the best of my knowledge, actually a witch.)