With all counties having canvassed the votes, incumbent state Justice David Prosser has defeated Assistant Attorney General Joanne Kloppenburg for a 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court by 7,316 votes. Kloppenburg can request a taxpayer-paid recount (the deadline is Wednesday 5 p.m. for the request) but the largest statewide margin ever overcome in a recount was 500 votes.
From Daniel Foster at National Review Online, a transcription of Prosser's comments at a news conference, including:
A public office is a public trust. While I have certainly made misstatements and mistakes along the way, I have never broken the public trust. This proposition was challenged repeatedly and viciously throughout the campaign. My detractors set out to paint a false picture of who I am and what I believe. "
Powerful forces, not always clearly identified, attempted to turn this election. . . into a referendum on the governor of Wisconsin. . . [As a result] the qualifications, experience, even the identity of my opponent became irrelevant. Fortunately the people of Wisconsin rejected this effort.
- John Fund, Wall Street Journal, "Wisconsin's Election Snafu Is a National Wake-Up Call" (about the integrity of the ballot)
- Erik Opsal, Brennan Center for Justice, "One Week Later: What Happened in Wisconsin?" (general bemoaning about politicized judicial campaigns, spending of money)