Earlier Thursday afternoon, it was reported that incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser had taken a super-narrow lead in the state’s hotly contested Supreme Court race, after error corrections in two counties put him ahead of liberal-backed challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. But now some more changes to the spreadsheets put Kloppenburg back in front –Â and don’t be surprised if things change back.
On Wednesday, Kloppenburg declared victory. With 100% of precincts reported in the Associated Press, Kloppenburg had a lead of 204 votes against the once-safe conservative incumbent — fueled in great measure by liberal mobilization against Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s anti-public employee union legislation.
Then Prosser gained a net 244 votes in Winnebago County, and 200 more from a partial re-canvass in the GOP stronghold of Waukesha County, for a lead of 240 votes.a
But as mentioned above, yet more counties are showing gains for Kloppenburg. And even here, we have only a very partial picture, that is certain to change.TPM has confirmed with the respective clerk’s offices that Kloppenburg has netted +30 in Iowa County, +91 in Portage County, and +64 in Shawano County — and that Prosser had 113 votes subtracted in Winnebago County. In addition, WisPolitics reports that Kloppenburg has netted +12 in Door County, and Prosser has lost 31 votes in Rusk County. And the Vernon County Broadcaster reports that Kloppenburg has netted +24 there.
Add all this together, and Kloppenburg now leads by 125 votes — pending, of course, any other vote changes that are yet to come in.