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At Last, It's Over in Wisconsin


Kent and I blogged about the close race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat.  The final election board tally, reached weeks ago, had the more conservative candidate, Justice David Prosser, defeating challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg by a little more than 7300 votes.  Ms. Kloppenburg was entitled to a recount paid for by the state.  It was completed several days ago, and showed her losing by 7006 votes.

Ms. Kloppenburg conceded today.  The election was thought to be significant because, among other reasons, the state Supreme Court may well get the final say on Gov. Scott Walker's controversial reforms affecting the collective bargaining rights of state employees.  The election was also widely seen as a referendum on those reforms and, more broadly, on the Republican wave that swept Walker to victory last November.

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