Wisconsin court race challenger wants recount: elections board

Reuters News
Posted: Apr 20, 2011 5:23 PM
Wisconsin court race challenger wants recount: elections board

MADISON, Wis (Reuters) - Wisconsin's official election oversight agency said on Wednesday that the challenger in the close race for a seat on the state Supreme Court race has asked for a recount.

The April 5 contest for the Supreme Court was widely seen as a referendum on the state's new Republican leadership and the curbs it has imposed on public sector collective bargaining, which drew national attention as other states considered similar moves.

In a statement, the Government Accountability Board said it was "prepared to move forward with a statewide recount of votes for Supreme Court Justice, as requested by the Kloppenburg campaign today."

The announcement came just minutes before JoAnne Kloppenburg, who trails incumbent David Prosser by just 7,316 of the nearly 1.5 million votes in the closely watched race, was scheduled to hold a press conference in Madison outlining her plans.

Wednesday is the deadline for her to request a recount.

(Reporting by James Kelleher; Editing by Jerry Norton)