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Badger State Showdown: Headed for a recount


Kevin Kennedy, director and general counsel for Wisconsin's Government Accountability Board discusses the recount process related to the State's too-close-to-call Supreme Court election with members of the media at the group's office in Madison on Wednesday.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: "A recount is all but certain in the race for state Supreme Court, which would pose a host of legal questions, raise the political stakes in efforts to recall state senators, ignite a new bout of political fundraising and further fuel Wisconsin's ongoing battle over union bargaining. On Wednesday, nearly 20 hours after the polls closed, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg claimed victory over Justice David Prosser after an unofficial tally showed her holding the thinnest of leads. According to an unofficial tally by The Associated Press, she was up 204 votes out of nearly 1.5 million cast - a margin of 1/100th of a percent."

The paper also details the recount rules: "Once official numbers are in, either candidate - but no one else - can request a recount once the votes officially have been canvassed. If the margin between the candidates is less than 0.5% the state charges nothing to conduct the recount. If the margin is between 0.5% and 2%, the candidate asking for the recount must pay $5 per ward."

By the way, Democrats are announcing today that they are delivering the required signatures to force a recall election against a second GOP state senator, Randy Hopper.