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Deja Vu All Over Again?

April 8, 2011

Will the Wisconsin Supreme Court race have all the trappings of the 2008 Minnesota Senate recount, or perhaps the historic 2000 recount in Florida?

It's too early to say. But if a recount is in the cards, it will feature some familiar faces.

The Madison Capital Times reports that Democratic-backed candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg's campaign is working with Marc Elias, a prominent election attorney who was part of now-Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) successful 2008 recount team.

Meanwhile, Republican-backed Justice David Prosser has hired Ben Ginsberg, who was part of former Sen. Norm Coleman's (R-Minn.) 2008 team and also worked for George W. Bush during the 2000 recount in Florida.

As we reported Thursday, the votes Prosser picked up in Waukesha County could propel him to a lead that puts a no-cost recount out of reach for Kloppenburg,though it's not yet clear what the final, official margin will be. If Kloppenburg does not qualify for an automatic recount, she can still request one, but would be charged on a per-ward basis.

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