Kloppenburg concedes!

In a move that likely surprised many, State Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg announced today that she will not challenge the April 5 election results in court.

Kloppenburg made the concession at a Madison news conference just more than a week after the state’s Government Accountability Board reported that the final count showed Prosser with 7,006 more votes – a thin margin but one unlikely to change. She said she had called Prosser on Tuesday morning to congratulate him and say she would not seek to challenge his victory in court.

“It would serve no purpose to bring a suit with insufficient legal basis. That is not the kind of lawyer that I am,” Kloppenburg said.

So almost two months after the election it can be said that incumbent State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser has run re-election to another ten-year term.

Kloppenburg said flatly Tuesday that “David Prosser has won this election.” She said she had made her decisions first to seek the recount and then to concede without consulting with union leaders or anyone else outside of close confidants.

In doing so, she said she had never considered seeking to delay Prosser from taking office or considered the court’s cases, which could include a legal challenge to Walker’s union bargaining bill.

Congratulations Justice Prosser!

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