MADISON, Wis. (Legal Newsline) - Incumbent Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser looks poised to keep his seat on the high court, according to results received by the state's Government Accountability Board last week.

The board received the results of the hotly contested Supreme Court election, as certified by all 72 Wisconsin counties, it announced Friday.

The results as certified by each county indicate that Prosser received 752,323 votes to Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg's 745,007 votes.

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

Pursuant to law, the board may not certify the official statewide results "until either the passage of the deadline for filing a recount or the completion of a recount," it said in a statement.

The deadline for filing a recount request, the board said, is 5 p.m. Wednesday.

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.

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