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NEW: Recount likely in WI Supreme Court race

UPDATE: With all precincts in Wisconsin reporting, Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn has a nearly 6,000 vote lead over candidate Lisa Neubauer.

The vote totals show that Hagedorn has 605,728 votes to Neubauer’s 599,766 votes. That’s a difference of 5,962 votes. That is exactly one-half of a percentage point, well within the margin for a recount.

Neubauer’s campaign manager Tyler Hendricks said Tuesday night that they were “almost assuredly headed to a recount.”

In a statement Tweeted out at about 2:15 a.m., Hagedorn said, “The people of Wisconsin have spoken, and our margin of victory is insurmountable.”

Hagedorn goes on to thank his family, friends and others who supported him along the way.

“I am deeply humbled and honored by the voters who have placed their trust in me to serve as Wisconsin’s next Supreme Court justice.  The voters chose to have a Court that keeps personal political beliefs out of the courtroom and applied the law as written.”

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn is declaring victory, even though his opponent says the race is almost certainly headed toward a recount.

Hagedorn issued a statement early Wednesday morning saying his margin of victory in Tuesday’s election is “insurmountable.” With 99% of precincts reporting, Hagedorn had a 5,911-vote lead out of 1.2 million cast. That is about half a percentage point over Lisa Neubauer, within the 1 percentage point margin that allows for her to request a recount. However, she would have to pay for it.

Earlier Tuesday night, Neubauer’s campaign manager Tyler Hendricks said “We are almost assuredly headed to a recount.”

Hagedorn was backed by conservatives and a victory would increase their majority control of the court to 5-2. Neubauer had liberal backing, including support from former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The campaign manager for the liberal-backed candidate in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race says the contest is “too close to call” and “almost assuredly headed to a recount.”

As the unofficial vote count was nearly complete, conservative Brian Hagedorn and liberal-backed candidate Lisa Hagedorn were separated by just over 1,600 votes out of more than 1.1 million cast.

That is well within the 1 percentage point difference that allows the trailing candidate to request a recount.

Neubauer campaign manager Tyler Hendricks says “We are going to make sure every vote is counted. Wisconsinites deserve to know we have had a fair election and that every vote is counted.”

The court is currently controlled 4-3 by conservatives. A Hagedorn win would increase it to 5-2 and insure that liberals don’t have a chance at taking control in next year’s election.

WQOW Election Results

Associated Press

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