Kloppenburg said that a recount is necessary in light of the irregularities in Waukesha and other counties. The Prosser campaign has argued that a recount will prove fruitless and a waste of taxpayer money because of the size of Prosser's victory. According to Jim Troupis, Prosser's attorney, in the 24 statewide recounts that have occurred throughout the country since 1980, the most any result has changed was by about 1,000 votes. What was once an off-the-radar, non-competitive race morphed into a nationally relevant political battle as a result of the controversy surrounding Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker's (R) collective bargaining reforms. With the challenge of the new law possibly headed to the state Supreme Court, Walker's opponents threw their enthusiasm behind Kloppenburg, elevating her campaign into relevancy. The recount now represents their last hope to remove Prosser from the court and tilt the balance of power away from the current conservative majority. But even if Prosser's victory holds after the recount, the controversy over collective bargaining will rage on through the ongoing recall efforts in the state. Democrats have filed petitions to recall four Republican state senators, and Republicans are slated to turn in recall petitions for three Democratic state senators Thursday.
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