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Waukesha County completes recount; results show Prosser victorious

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WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- The Supreme Court recount finished Friday in Waukesha County.

The final results give Justice David Prosser the win over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by nearly 6,300 votes.

Initial election results showed Prosser ahead by 7,300 before the recount started on April 27th.

Waukesha County requested an extension to work past the May 9th deadline, and they were able to finish a week earlier than expected.

People paid special attention to the recount in Waukesha County.

"Waukesha County took great pains [during this recount] because it's not used to being under cloud of suspicion when it comes to governmental functions," said Robert Mawdsley, chief of the Board of Canvassers.

Suspicions stirred when the County Clerk didn't include the entire Town of Brookfield in totals on election night.

Then, there were questions about improperly sealed ballot bags during the recount.

Still, Mawdsley says there is no evidence of election fraud.

"The Board found no ballots removed from bags, no ballots added to bag, no intent to defraud, no intent to damage ballots or destroy election materials," Mawdsley said.

"A recount should provide confidence in our electoral system and those that have cast  ballots for either candidate," said Brian Nemoir, Prosser's recount spokesman.

"We are comfortable with the results. They reaffirmed the victory of Justice Prosser," Nemoir said. "The time has come to move on."

But the Kloppenburg campaign hasn't confirmed that yet. The campaign manager said in a statement the recount uncovered irregularities, and votes changed in every county.

The campaign says it will review the record and decide whether to take the matter to court.

Wisconsin county clerks say the recount cost at least $261,000.

That is without counting the largest counties like Dane and Milwaukee.

They are still tallying expenses.

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Unofficial results from a statewide recount show incumbent Justice David Prosser has defeated challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in a race that became as much about Republican Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining bill as the state Supreme Court.

The recount began on April 27 and finally ended on Friday afternoon. It found Prosser had 752,697 votes compared with Kloppenburg's 745,691.

Kloppenburg's campaign got a boost after her supporters worked to link the conservative Prosser to Walker, hoping to capitalize on outrage over the governor's plan to strip public workers of nearly all their collective bargaining rights.

Initial results from the April 5 election showed Kloppenburg had narrowly defeated Prosser. But the Waukesha County clerk announced days later she had failed to report 14,000 votes, flipping the race for Prosser.

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WAUKESHA (WKOW) -- Waukesha County says it expects to finish with the statewide Supreme Court recount Friday.

It will be the last county to complete the recount after requesting an extension to work past the May 9th deadline. The extension gives the county until next Thursday to finish, but the county is working faster than expected.

At this point, Supreme Court justice David Prosser remains in the lead over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.

Click here to see the unofficial recount totals from the Government Accountability Board.

Lysee Mitri will have more on the recount results tonight on 27 News.

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