Wisconsin Update: Challenger Leads by 224, Incumbent Gaining, Recount Likely

Posted: Apr 06, 2011 12:03 PM
The race remains too close to call with only three precincts left to report.  Challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg currently owns the slimmest of leads -- 224 votes out of roughly 1.5 million cast.  Judge Prosser held a shaky 835-vote lead several hours ago, but Kloppenburg (surprise!) made up the difference and overtook the incumbent overnight.  A statewide recount is pretty much inevitable at this point, but according to reports, it won't even begin for weeks:

        It may take more than a month before any recount would even start in the state Supreme Court race that remains too close         to call.

The Government Accountability Board has until May 15 to complete its canvas of the vote. No date has been set for the board to canvas the vote, which is dependent upon when the counties submit their results to GAB.

As for those three remaining precincts, Wisconsin political analyst Christian Schneider tells me that based on turnout models and past behavior, all three should be "Prosser-friendly."  A nailbiter, indeed.