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Attorney backtracks on vow to block recount

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice David Prosser’s attorney has backed off from his promise to challenge any recount in Prosser’s race against challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg.

County tallies completed last week show Prosser has a 7,316-vote lead over Kloppenburg. Prosser’s lawyer, Jim Troupis, promised on Monday to challenge any request from Kloppenburg to seek a recount.

She filed a request for a statewide recount with state election officials on Wednesday. Troupis hasn’t objected and on Thursday agreed to a partial hand recount in some counties. He said Prosser wants to get the recount done to prove he was re-elected.

Troupis maintains the recount is frivolous and will cost taxpayers hundreds of thousands of dollars. He said Prosser’s lead is too large to overcome.

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