A conservative justice has weathered attempts to link him to Wisconsin's governor and a divisive union rights law and won re-election, according to county vote totals finalized Friday.
Tallies from each of the state's 72 counties show Justice David Prosser defeated challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by 7,316 votes. State election officials said they will wait to declare an official winner until the deadline for Kloppenburg to seek a recount passes. She has until Wednesday to call for one. Kloppenburg's campaign is weighing whether to seek a recount.
What this means, most importantly, is that Democrats won't be able to overturn Scott Walker's "budget repair bill" through the judiciary. They'll have to capture both houses of the legislature and the governorship to do that. Prosser's narrow victory suggests that that's not likely to happen any time soon, though there will be a few closely contested state senate recall elections this summer.