Why the left’s showing in Wisconsin Supreme Court race is a big deal (WAPO)
Why the left’s showing in Wisconsin Supreme Court race is a big deal By Greg Sargent In the nationally-watched Wisconsin state Supreme Court race, liberal challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg has edged ahead of conservative sitting justice David Prosser by just over 200 votes.
We still don’t know who is going to win, and we may not know for some time to come. But even if Kloppenburg loses, labor strategists argue, this will have constituted a victory for unions and Dems — proof of Scott Walker’s continuing toxicity, and of the staying power of the grassroots energy he unleashed. They’re right.
First, the current results reflect a massive and astonishingly fast swing of support away from Prosser and in Kloppenburg’s favor. In a primary election in February (Wisconsin judicial elections are nonpartisan, and the top two primary victors face off in the general), Prosser beat Koppenburg by 30 points, 55-25. The current results show she doubled her vote share in just over six weeks, while Prosser has lost ground. This huge shift happened for one reason: Scott Walker.
Second, it’s extremely rare in Wisconsin to oust sitting Supreme Court justices. In 2008, Louis Butler was unseated, but as University of Wisconsin professor Charles Franklin points out to me, he had originally been appointed and not elected. The last time this happened before that was 44 years ago, and it only happened three times before that since the court was created in 1852.
3. We all want her to win but this is ridiculous. Just this afternoon, with all
precincts already in, her lead went from 336 to 204 when AP was adjusting tallies. When you deal with small numbers like that, you can never be sure until all tallies are final and official and there are no further adjustments. Plus you have to be particularly in denial not to see the recount coming and know that small leads like that are fragile. He is right, you are wrong -- and I happen to think that she will indeed prevail in the end.
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