Wisconsin Corrects Vote Count, Gives Incumbent Big Lead

April 7, 2011 - 6:00 PM

Waukesha, Wis. (AP) - A conservative-leaning Wisconsin county is correcting its count and giving an unofficial 7,500-vote lead to the incumbent in the hotly contested state Supreme Court race seen as a referendum on Republican Gov. Scott Walker's divisive union rights law.

Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said Thursday that the votes weren't reported to The Associated Press on Tuesday due to "human error."

Before the announcement, it was assumed 68-year-old conservative Justice David Prosser's race against liberal assistant state attorney general JoAnne Kloppenburg was headed for a recount.

But Prosser's lead is likely to stand if the new numbers hold up through canvassing in all of Wisconsin's 72 counties.

Opponents of the union rights law had hoped a Kloppenburg victory would set the stage for the high court to strike it down.