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Badger State Showdown: Prosser takes the lead

“A conservative-leaning Wisconsin county corrected its count yesterday, giving an unofficial 7,500-vote lead to the incumbent in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race seen as a referendum on Governor Scott Walker’s divisive union-rights law,” AP reports. “Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said the votes weren’t reported Tuesday because of ‘human error.’ ‘This is not a case of extra votes or extra ballots being found,’ she said.”

Ctrl-S is your friend: “In one explosive stroke Thursday, the clerk in a Republican stronghold tilted the tight Supreme Court race in favor of Justice David Prosser by recovering thousands of untallied votes for the incumbent,” the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports. “Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said Thursday that she failed to save on her computer and then report 14,315 votes in the city of Brookfield, omitting them entirely in an unofficial total she released after Tuesday's election. With other smaller errors in Waukesha County, Prosser gained 7,582 votes over his challenger, JoAnne Kloppenburg, leaving the sitting justice significantly ahead for now amid ongoing official counting.”