8:52pm EDT: I’m a Wisconsin native, and now that the NY Times has declared that today’s Wisconsin elections are a “referendum on the Governor,” I thought I’d do some live blogging. There are two key races in Wisconsin today. First, the Supreme Court race between incumbent Justice David Prosser and the challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg. (For the record, I oppose elections for judges.) And, second, the race for Milwaukee County Executive, a nonpartison race, between philanthropist Chris Abele and Republican State Representative Jeff Stone. More details here.
I have no clue who will win these races, given the political turmoil in Wisconsin and the shifting demographics of southeastern Wisconsin, other than predict that the races will be close.
Polls close in Wisconsin in 8 minutes.
9:00pm EDT: Polls have closed in Wisconsin.
9:04pm: Another reason judges should not be elected. See here.
9:21pm: Some Wisconsin towns and cities ran out of ballots.
|David Prosser (inc)||6,629||40%|
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||0%|
|David Prosser (inc)||14,828||47%|
|County||Precincts||D. Prosser (i)||J. Kloppenburg|
|David Prosser (inc)||55,300||50%|
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||1%|
9:45pm: With 8% reporting, Supreme Court race still too close to call. Prosser has taken 234 vote lead.
|David Prosser (inc)||101,156||51%|
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||2%|
9:55pm: 11% reporting. Prosser 51%, Kloppenburg 49%
10:00pm: Milwaukee County Executive, 7%: Chris Abele, 7,797, 58% /Jeff Stone, 5,684, 42%
10:02pm: Prosser maintains small lead with 13% reporting.
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||14%|
10:12pm: I’ve been trying multiple websites for the quickest results. It looks like this website is doing the best: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/118885959.html
10:13: With 17% reporting and over 300,000 votes in the Supreme Court race is too close to call. Abele has opened up a large lead in the County Exec race, but I wish I knew what districts were reporting.
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||27%|
|David Prosser (inc)||237,031||51%|
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||44%|
10:31pm: So far, these results are good news for the Obama re-election campaign. A too-close-call statewide race and a, so far, “democratic” lead in the non-partison Milwaukee County race is good news from Dems as voter turnout among Dems in Milwaukee will be much higher in a presidential election year.
10:38pm: Abele up 60-40 with 55% reporting. Supreme Court still at 50-50%.
|David Prosser (inc)||319,941||52%|
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||60%|
10:53pm. I’m slight confused right now, or the Stone campaign was very wrong about their chances. See here.
10:56pm: Abele maintains significant lead with 65% reporting.
10:57pm: “We’re feeling it’s very close and it may be a long night,” said Kloppenburg campaign manager.
11:04pm: Supreme Court back to 50-50%. Abele still up.
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||77%|
11:06pm: CHRIS ABELE PROJECTED WINNER IN MILWAUKEE COUNTY EXEC RACE.
|Milwaukee County Executive||REPORTING||81%|
Results from JSONline.
11:09pm: Supreme Court race still very tight.
|David Prosser (inc)||434,445||50%|
11:10pm: Again, this is all very good news for WI state Dems, and has to concern any legislators that may be potentially recalled on both sides of the aisle, given the tone and turnout of a spring nonpartison election. Still good news for the Dems in WI in 2012.
11:19pm: Report from a Milwaukee friend, “Jeff Stone gave what seems to be a concession speech just after 10:00pm [central time].”
11:25pm: It looks like the Supreme Court race won’t be able to be called for some time.
|David Prosser (inc)||514,475||50%|
|David Prosser (inc)||553,243||50%|
11:46pm: 76% reporting, Supreme Court race still close to call. My reports on the ground tell me that half the Madison votes have yet to be counted (good for Kloppenburg as she’s getting 72% of votes in Dane County), and still many outstanding votes is Waukesha County (good for Prosser as he’s getting 73% of the vote there). Kloppenburg only getting 57% of vote in Milwaukee county. Dems usually need 60% of the vote in Milwaukee County to win a statewide race. Will the turnout in Dane County be enough for her to keep a slight lead at the end?
11:50pm: Lot of Waukesha vote out yet (very good for Prosser).
|David Prosser (inc)||575,930||50%|
11:52pm: Even the campaigns aren’t sure who’ll win this thing. See here.
11:54pm: Too close to call.
11:57: Kloppenburg up 51-49% with 82% reporting.
12:04am: Kloppenburg still up 51-49% with 85% in.
12:10am: Race tightening. 50-50%, less than 5000 vote difference with 88% of precincts in.
12:13pm: Unrelated to elections update from Vermont – it’s snowing, and I still have 3 feet of snow in my backyard.
|David Prosser (inc)||668,985||50%|
12:24am: 92% reporting, Kloppenburg up be less than 2000 votes.
12:30am: still too close to call, but Prosser takes small lead.
|David Prosser (inc)||687,274||50%|
12:41am: updated results.
|David Prosser (inc)||703,414||50%|
12:45am: Prosser up by less than 2000 votes with 97% reporting.
12:49am: Here are the county by county results. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/files/elections/2011/by_county/WI_Supreme_Court_0405.html?SITE=AP&SECTION=POLITICS
1:04am: Bedtime. Below are the current results. I wonder if there might be a recount.
|David Prosser (inc)||724,355||50%|