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Kloppenburg Takes Lead In Wisconsin


MADISON, WI - FEBRUARY 16: Protesters fill the courtyard and steps outside the State Capitol building on February 16, 2010 in Madison, Wisconsin. Protesters were demonstrating against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to eliminate collective bargaining rights for many state workers. (Photo by Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)(Mark Hirsch/Getty Images)

In the Wisconsin Supreme Court race that is still too close to call, Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, the favorite of liberal activists and unions, has taken the lead over Justice David Prosser, the Republican-favored candidate.

With all but three precincts in the state counted, Kloppenburg leads by a mere 224 votes, 739,574 to 739,350.

Early Wednesday morning, Prosser still held a lead, but it was whittled down to a few hundred votes. The populous Milwaukee County, which has gone 57 percent to 43 percent in favor of Kloppenburg, still has two precincts that need to be counted. The county is divided on partisan lines, with the northern half more friendly to Democrats and the south hospitable to Republicans.

But settle in: There are still thousands of absentee ballots left to count. That means this race is going to drag out for a while to come.

Updated at 11:49 a.m.

-- Kevin Brennan contributed to this post --

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