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Wis. Supreme Court justice declares victory

By: Associated Press//April 16, 2011//

Wis. Supreme Court justice declares victory

By: Associated Press//April 16, 2011//

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Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas hangs a sign behind a podium for Justice David Prosser at the Seven Seas Restaurant on April 5 in Waukesha. Prosser's camp is declaring victory after a close election. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)
Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas hangs a sign behind a podium for Justice David Prosser at the Seven Seas Restaurant on April 5 in Waukesha. Prosser's camp is declaring victory after a close election. (AP Photo/Darren Hauck)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser is declaring victory over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.

Final county tallies show Prosser with a 7,316-vote lead over Kloppenburg. State election officials are not declaring a winner in case Kloppenburg decides to request a recount. She has until Wednesday to call for one. Her campaign said she’s weighing her options.

Prosser campaign manager Brian Nemoir issued a statement saying the will of the electorate is clear and Prosser has been re-elected. He said Prosser extends his appreciation and respect to Kloppenburg and her “spirited campaign.”

Unofficial returns initially gave Kloppenburg a slim lead over Prosser. But the Waukesha County clerk announced she had failed to report 14,000 votes, which swung the election for Prosser.

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