Kloppenburg concedes Wis. SC race

Jessica M. Karmasek Jun. 1, 2011, 3:26pm


MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) -- Wisconsin Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg conceded defeat to incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser in a press conference Tuesday.

"David Prosser has won this election and I have congratulated him," she said. "I will not be requesting judicial review of the results of the recount."

Kloppenburg had until Tuesday to decide if she would take legal action after losing the recount by about 7,000 votes.

According to results received by the state's Government Accountability Board in April, Prosser received 752,323 votes to Kloppenburg's 745,007.

Including those so-called "scattered" votes, a total of 1,498,880 votes were cast in the April 5 election, the board reported.

As of 4 p.m. April 6, a final, unofficial vote count had showed Kloppenburg with 204 more votes than Prosser.

That was before Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus admitted to omitting some 14,000 ballots.

The city of Brookfield sent its results to Nickolaus, who reportedly put them in the system but forgot to save the data. She later discovered her mistake and added the missing votes again, giving Prosser a 7,500-vote lead over Kloppenburg.

From Legal Newsline: Reach Jessica Karmasek by e-mail at jessica@legalnewsline.com.

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