Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Prosser/Kloppenburg 50/50

4/6/11 - Courtesy of Crooks and Liars:

UPDATE: Kloppenburg has taken a narrow lead of 369 votes. Is a recount coming?

Update #29: We're going to wrap this up shortly. I'm going to take out the rest of the recycling and come back and take one more look at the AP data. But, as we said before, this is almost certainly headed to a recount.

What an amazing election. We'll have one more in about ten minutes and then more tomorrow.

Prosser has 724,859 votes
to Kloppenburg's 723,175. The percentages are 50%-to-50%.

According to Daily Kos:

We have 99% of precincts reporting and Kloppenburg has cut the margin to 585 votes.

Hang on to your hats ...

If anyone of you out there had even an inkling of reservation as to whether the real intent of Walker's agenda was to kill unions and break the backs of the American workers, this should stop you in your tracks. Before Walker's ill advised agenda was being pushed through as law, Prosser was a shoe-in for the Wisconsin State Supreme Court spot open, which would have made him the deciding vote in Walker's favor. However, after all the support shown for just the opposite of Walker's plans, by the Wisconsin voters no less, the election of Prosser became in jeopardy, and we netroots (just as we collectively handed the Democratic majority to America in 2008) pulled together in a relatively short time to oppose Prosser's election, such that Kloppenburg holds a three digit small lead against Prosser, and most likely this will be headed for a recount. But here's a little email sent out by Walker's people to the voters as to why it is necessary to elect Prosser (H/T to Think Progress):

Prosser originally billed his reelection campaign as being about “protecting the conservative judicial majority and acting as a common sense complement to both the new [Walker] administration and Legislature.” Recently, however, he has attempted to claim independence. But Hagedorn’s e-mail laid it plain to Walker’s supporters: elect Prosser, or the governor’s agenda is in peril. From the e-mail:

“If Justice Prosser loses:

* The Supreme Court will shift from a 4-3 conservative majority to a 4-3 liberal majority.

* Governor Walker’s agenda could be stopped in its tracks by this new activist majority.

* Union bosses and their allies will be emboldened and further push to recall the brave Senators who voted for Governor Walker’s budget repair bill.

* (Chief Justice) Shirley Abrahamson and her allies will continue to drag down the reputation of the Court, with an additional vote to further push through their radical agenda.”

Sort of puts it right out there, doesn't it? There is no longer even a show of impartiality by the Republican leaders. Just a full throttle onslaught on Americans and their civil rights so that Republicans can pander to their base (corporations, individuals need not apply, unless, of course, you're a Koch family member). No hidden agenda in Wisconsin, eh?


Tony said...

Prosser is now ahead by over 7000 votes. The margin is now large enough to avoid a state funded recount.

Carrie said...

Pulling votes out of your ass again, I see.

In a dramatic turn of events on Thursday, the Waukesha County clerk announced that the vote total announced for Tuesday's Wisconsin Supreme Court race had been mistaken -- and that the corrected numbers changed the outcome of the entire election.

Reported by Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus, who has a history with voting irregularities ... hmmm.

WAUKESHA -- A candidate for Waukesha County clerk is one of several caucus workers who was granted immunity from prosecution in the criminal investigation into illegal campaigning on state time.

Kathy Nickolaus, 42, a Republican, said she hopes voters will accept her role in the ongoing scandal -- but she can't talk about it.

In 2006, she had some difficulty with absentee ballots. In 2006 again, we have her using the exact same excuse for why she accidentally reported one candidate ahead when the other one really was. Seems she moved data into the wrong column. We've heard that one before, haven't we? In 2007 she blamed touch screen voting machines for flipping a school board election result. The margin? One vote.

In 2004, she had another "oopsie moment" and sent out sample ballots instructing voters to vote for her favorite candidate. Also in 2004, incorrect ballots went to voters in two different districts, so that 83 votes were cast for the wrong candidates. And it seems that close races are something common in Waukesha County.

Oh, also? Kathy Nickolaus was a staffer for...wait for it...David Prosser.

Let's just see how it all really plays out.