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Kloppenburg concedes defeat

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MADISON (AP) -- JoAnne Kloppenburg has conceded defeat in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race against incumbent conservative Justice David Prosser.

Kloppenburg announced her decision Tuesday in Madison.

Kloppenburg's decision comes after a statewide recount reaffirmed Prosser's victory over her in the April 5 election.

Prosser originally won the election by 7,316 votes, out of 1.5 million cast. She picked up only 312 votes in the recount.

Prosser's campaign had said there was no basis for a challenge and it was time to move on.

The election was widely seen as a referendum on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal taking away nearly all collective bargaining rights from most state workers. Conservative Walker backers largely backed Prosser while opponents of the collective bargaining bill lined up behind Kloppenburg.

Prosser's next 10-year term begins in August.

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