Prosser projected winner in Wisconsin over union-backed challenger in judicial race 

In a race that has become a proxy in the heated battle over Gov. Scott Walker's fiscal reforms, Wisconsin Supreme Court judge David Prosser had fended off a challenge from union-backed JoAnne Kloppenburg and is now projected the winner, according to the Huffington Post.

The news represents a stunning turn of events. Immediately after the election, Kloppenburg appeared to be in the driver's seat, with a narrow lead of a few hundred votes, but a lead nonetheless. Then, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus confirmed reports that she had inadvertently failed to send votes from the entire city of Brookfield to the Associated Press for tabulation. The error, she said, came when a spreadsheet that she was importing into a Microsoft Access database didn't properly save the vote totals.It ended up resulting in a swing toward Prosser of over 7,000 votes.

The race was seen as important for two reasons. One, the Supreme Court will eventually rule on the the law Gov. Walker signed after weeks of protest that limits the collective bargaining power of unions. Also, it was seen as a test of grassroots energy among union and liberal activists ahead of broader efforts to recall sitting Republican senators.

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