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UPDATE: Kloppenburg campaign files recount papers

MADISON (WKOW) --  JoAnne Kloppenburg for Supreme Court Justice campaign filed papers this afternoon at the Government Accountability Board's office for a statewide recount.

At a news conference Wednesday afternoon, Kloppenburg says her campaign is asking the GAB for a special investigator to look into Waukesha County's voting error.

GAB's Kevin Kennedy says the recount will begin the week of April 25th. They'll hold a teleconference with county clerks Monday afternoon.

After the announcement, Justice David Prosser's campaign said, "Apparently nothing will stop her from going ahead and wasting taxpayers hard-earned money to discover what election officials did on April 5th –  that Justice David Prosser was reelected."

The race for Supreme Court has been a contentious one. The first unofficial results from the race showed Kloppenburg winning by about 200 votes. Just days after the election, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus announced that votes from the entire City of Brookfield were left off the initial results. The new results netted incumbent Justice David Prosser more than 7,500 votes, giving him the lead in the election.

Late last week the final canvass results were turned into the Government Accountability Board. Those results show Prosser with a slim lead. The 7,316-vote lead is still small enough that the state will have to pay for Kloppenburg's recount.


MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg is planning to make an announcement about whether she will seek a recount at a Madison park.

Kloppenburg's campaign says she'll deliver the announcement at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

Kloppenburg's campaign against incumbent Justice David Prosser surged in the weeks leading up to the April 5 election. Her supporters redefined the race as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Walker's divisive plan to strip public workers of their collective bargaining rights.

But final county tallies completed last week show Prosser with a 7,316-vote lead. The margin is within one-half of one percent, which entitles Kloppenburg to a statewide recount at local governments' expense if she decides to request it.

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