Premature Declaration of Victory
Lead shifts, battle continues in Wisconsin Supreme Court race Posted on April 8, 2011
By Kirsten Adshead Wisconsin Reporter
Incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser now leads in the race against Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg after “human error” kept all votes from Brookfield from being counted in the initial tally.
The inclusion of Brookfield gave Prosser a net gain of 7,582 votes in Waukesha County.
“We discovered the data sent to me from the city of Brookfield was not transferred to the final report given to the media Tuesday night. … It was human error, which I apologize for,” Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said Thursday during a news conference in Waukesha.
Kloppenburg held a 204 lead over Prosser Thursday, leaving her ahead by less than one-one-hundredth of a percentage point after nearly 1.5 million votes, based on unofficial results reported by the Associated Press.
Kloppenburg declared victory Wednesday.
Melissa Mulliken, Kloppenburg’s campaign manager, said the campaign would be filing open records request for all documentation related to the Waukesha County vote.
“Just as Assistant Attorney General Kloppenburg has run to restore confidence in the court, Wisconsin residents also deserve to have full confidence in election results,” Mulliken said in a statement.
The numbers quickly began to change Thursday as county canvassing boards met to certify the election results.
Prosser’s campaign team announced earlier Thursday that it was assembling a “recount team” to address the expected legal efforts.
Prosser’s campaign director Brian Nemoir, said Thursday night that he was encouraged by reports from county canvases.