Anyone that watches the mainstream media would think that the entire state was against Governor Scott Walker and for the Union. Following today’s election shows quite a differing story as the votes between a conservative and progressive Supreme Court Judge are separated by a mere 500 or so votes.
A margin small enough that state and local election results boards are showing fifty percent for each. When one take out their actual calculator it is apparent that the progressive judges is leading by a very small margin Small enough to cause a recount.
Early returns from the Wisconsin State Supreme Court race showed a dead heat Tuesday night in an election with significant implications for Gov. Scott Walker’s law to curtail collective-bargaining rights of most public employees in the state.
The race, between conservative incumbent David Prosser and left-leaning assistant district attorney JoAnne Kloppenburg, is widely seen as a proxy war over Mr. Walker and the union law.
When the bill passed last month, tens of thousands of people demonstrated against it in the state capital.
Two hours after polls closed, Mr. Prosser was leading 51% to 49% with 61% of the votes counted, according to the Associated Press.
The stakes are high because the law is expected to end up before the state Supreme Court which has generally split 4 to 3 with a conservative voting block in the majority. The race is technically non-partisan, but Democrats have spent heavily in support of Ms. Kloppenburg in the hopes that she would tilt the court’s balance and vote to strike down the law. Conservatives and business groups have supported Mr. Prosser.
Mr. Walker, a first-term Republican, has said that the law is necessary to balance the state’s budget. Democrats have charged that the law is designed to destroy unions.
Mr. Prosser won the Feb. 15 primary with 55% of the vote to 25% for Ms. Kloppenburg. Her campaign gained momentum as anger among public employees increased. Mr. Walker signed the law on March 11, but it remains tied up in court and has not yet been implemented.
|Wisconsin – County Vote Results|
|April 06, 2011 – 02:13AM ET||(i) = incumbent||= winner||= runoff|
|Supreme Court – General
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