Kloppenberg takes the lead 

Yesterday's election in Wisconsin between incumbent state Supreme Court Justice David Prosser and prosecutor JoAnne Kloppenberg was part of the proxy war between unions and tea partiers. Prosser, a former Republican state legislator, was subjected to a union smear campaign that included ludicrous accusations that he had helped child molestors.

The outcome is now on the razor's edge. However it turns out, it seems clear that the unions have not found a silver bullet in the public's unenthusiastic feelings about Republican Gov. Scott Walker. They did not translate to an easy union victory -- but they could yet translate to a victory, all the same.

A few Republican precincts in Milwaukee County increased Prosser's lead to more than 800. Then the final precinct in Dane County (Madison) came in, giving Kloppenberg a 311-vote lead. That's where we stand now. Two of the five unreported precincts are in Milwaukee County, and it is unclear which way they lean.

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David Freddoso

David Freddoso came to the Washington Examiner in June 2009, after serving for nearly two years as a Capitol Hill-based staff reporter for National Review Online. Before writing his New York Times bestselling book, The Case Against Barack Obama, he spent three years assisting Robert Novak, the legendary Washington... more
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