The writing was on the wall for Kloppenberg when those 7300 votes were added to Prosser's totals as a result of the stupidity of the county clerk. But the statewide canvass is complete and Prosser has won.
State Supreme Court Justice David Prosser emerged as the winner Friday over challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg in an election that drew national attention because of the fight over collective bargaining and a vote tallying error in Waukesha County following initial results that showed Kloppenburg leading the race.
A statewide canvass of vote totals of the state's 72 counties finalized Friday afternoon has Prosser beating Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general, by 7,316 votes. The final canvass was completed 10 days after the election.
The deadline for calling for a recount is 5 p.m. Wednesday.
The margin of victory makes any legitimate recount a formality. This is especially true since Prosser won most of Wisconsin's counties outside of Madison and Milwaukee, meaning that if there are votes out there, odds favor them being mostly for Prosser.
But if there is a way to steal the election, the Democrats will no doubt try their best. For once, it would be nice if the Democrats could be gracious in defeat and concede gallantly. That won't happen, but I can dream, can't I?