According to the Associated Press, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg has defeated incumbent David Prosser by less than 200 votes out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast. Kloppenburg has already declared victory, and while there’s been no word on whether Justice Prosser will ask for a recount, I’d be absolutely shocked if Prosser’s campaign didn’t call for a recount, given the razor-thin (and that’s an understatement) margin of victory.
Predictably, the usual suspects on the right (Sykes, Belling, Badger Blogger, etc.) are already raising the spectre of “vote fraud,” leveling unsubstantiated claims of varying types of vote fraud & voting irregularities at locations in Milwaukee County and Dane County. While I understand “vote fraud” and “voting irregularities” are convenient bogeymen for conservatives to use to explain how their preferred candidate or candidates lost – and rest assured, bogeymen are all those arguments are – the fact is, widespread vote fraud has never been proven to exist in Wisconsin, despite the best efforts of Republicans to prove otherwise.
While some conservatives are blaming the outcome of the Wisconsin Supreme Court race on “vote fraud” and “voting irregularities,” the likelier culprits for the outcome of the election on April 5 are the actions of Gov. Scott Walker and Republicans in the legislature.