“This continues to add fuel to the tremendous fire of enthusiasm and passion to recall Republican senators that support Scott Walker’s backward priorities for the state,” Wisconsin Democratic Party chairman Mike Tate said.
Democrats were undoubtedly more effective at fueling fires within Wisconsin’s two left-wing bastions: the cities of Madison and Milwaukee. Voter turn-out in those cities were about double what would normally be expected, and both towns are Democrat strongholds, so a tight race was virtually assured.
“You have two very different worlds in this state,” Governor Walker said. “You have a world driven by Madison and a world driven by everybody else out across the state of Wisconsin.”
Now, the scale has decidedly tipped in Prosser’s favor. But even if Kloppenburg still has a slim chance of victory, it would be unlikely that she would be seated before the Wisconsin Supreme Court rules on the legality of Walker’s controversial legislation stripping public unions of many collective bargaining privileges. The new court won’t be seated until August 1, and justices will almost certainly hear the case before then.
Out of state groups poured more the $3.5 million into the two campaigns, a remarkable amount for a relatively obscure post in a mid-sized Midwestern state. And, as is inevitably the case whenever a state level election attracts big dollars and passions, it didn’t take long for the campaign to turn nasty.
Tea Party Express funded an ad campaign that called Kloppenburg “an activist judge” whom “big union bosses … can control.” The leftist, union-backed Greater Wisconsin Committee said that: “In the Legislature, Prosser and Walker voted the same way 95 percent of the time, both voting against the middle class.” (Prosser was a state legislator before he joined the State Supreme Court).
The fierceness of the race made it clear that the left wasn’t going to give up gracefully. Leftist activists promised that the battle wasn’t over in Wisconsin — but, if the new election tally stands, perhaps it finally will be.
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