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Kloppenburg declares victory (UPDATE)

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg, assistant attorney general, addresses her supporters Wednesday in Madison. Kloppenburg has declared victory over incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg, assistant attorney general, addresses her supporters Wednesday in Madison. Kloppenburg has declared victory over incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser. (AP Photo/Andy Manis)

Madison (AP) – Little-known attorney JoAnne Kloppenburg has declared victory over incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser.

According to unofficial results, Kloppenburg had 204 more votes than Prosser. With 100 percent of precincts reporting, Kloppenburg had 740,090 votes, or 50.01 percent. Prosser had 739,886 votes, or 49.99 percent. Final results could change and aren’t official until they are canvassed and certified by the Government Accountability Board.

Kloppenburg issued a statement thanking Prosser for his service and vowing to be an impartial judge. Prosser’s campaign didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment on whether he would seek a recount. The latest such a request could be made is April 20.

Wisconsin’s election chief says he expects the unofficial vote totals to change as local election officials verify the counts.

Kevin Kennedy said Wednesday there will be changes in the totals because “this is a very human-driven process. We expect mistakes.”

Kennedy says the earliest he would expect a recount request to be able to be made would be late next week. As long as there is no court challenge along the way, Kennedy says he expects the recount would be completed by May 15.

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