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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