Prosser Wins Recount (After Winning Election)

Monday, May 23rd, 2011 and is filed under Blog

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Validating the final totals from election night earlier this Spring, Justice David Prosser has won the recount for the Wisconsin Supreme Court race. The results of the recount are still being formally certified by the state, but the vote totals have been released to the public and they show that Prosser won by approximately 7,006 votes. A narrow but solid margin of victory in a race where nearly 1.5 million votes were cast.

While most of the time a “non-partisan” statewide judicial race would be of interest only to nerdy and wonkish politico types, this race became in some respects more heated than Wisconsin’s gubernatorial campaign last year. The interest level in the race rose when in-state and out-of-state unions began to pour millions of dollars into the campaign warchest of liberal candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg. Prosser, a conservative, faced the grassroots and campaign finance equivalent of a nuclear bomb because the race became viewed as a referendum on the policies of Governor Scott Walker. Walker had been in office less than two months when the Supreme Court race suddenly became – in the eyes of the unions – the ultimate approval rating poll.

With Prosser now headed back to the state’s high court, it is interesting to note the sudden silence of the Wisconsin left as they no longer view the election’s outcome as a barometer of popular opinion. Wisconsin is hardly a red state yet, but with the recount not changing the results of the Supreme Court election, it’s clear that last fall was not just a once-in-a-lifetime electoral hiccup. Change is coming to Wisconsin, and it’s not the kind of change the left has long been advocating.