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Hagedorn declares victory in high court race, Neubauer not conceding

Judge Brian Hagedorn and Christina Hagedorn cast their votes Tuesday in the Town of Summit. The Wisconsin Supreme Court race is a judicial showdown between two state Appeals Court judges, Lisa Neubauer and Brian Hagedorn. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Judge Brian Hagedorn and his wife, Christina, cast their votes Tuesday in the town of Summit. Hagedorn declared victory early Wednesday morning. (Rick Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer isn’t conceding or saying whether she will seek a recount, despite being down by nearly 6,000 votes based on unofficial results.

Neubauer said in a video posted on Facebook on Wednesday that “this race is still too close to call.” She says, “We need to make sure that every last vote is counted and that’s going to take a little time.”

Her opponent, Brian Hagedorn, has declared victory in Tuesday’s election and said a recount would be pointless.

Neubauer was backed by liberals while Hagedorn had conservative support. A Hagedorn win would keep the state Supreme Court under conservative control until at least 2023.

Neubauer would have to pay for a recount because the margin of victory wasn’t close enough to have taxpayers foot the bill.

The winner will serve a 10-year term and replace retiring liberal Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who is 85.

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