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Tuesday, February 15, 2011

 10:25 PM 

Prosser, Kloppenburg prepared for attacks

Justice David Prosser and Assistant AG JoAnne Kloppenburg have two very different interpretations of today’s primary vote for the state Supreme Court.

With 95 percent of the vote in, Prosser had 211,213 votes, or 55 percent, while Kloppenburg had 96,874 votes, or 25 percent. Marla Stephens had 10 percent of the vote, while Joel Winnig had 9 percent.

Prosser said he was concerned heading into the primary because the county exec races in heavily Dem Dane and Milwaukee counties were expected to drive up turnout in those areas. Considering he still easily eclipsed the 50 percent mark in a four-way primary, Prosser said he was confident of victory come April once turnout is more even across the state.

“I’m very anxious to run a campaign that emphasizes my experience and my record in office,” Prosser said. “I want to talk about some of the problems facing the judiciary, the role that I can play and other members of the court can play in addressing those issues. I know that my opponent is going to make me the issue. I think that today’s vote suggests that will be an ill-advised strategy. But I’m prepared to answer any charge that is made.”

Kloppenburg said Prosser’s totals were propped up by a TV ad run by the conservative Club for Growth and that the justice’s numbers suggested he remains vulnerable to a challenge.

Kloppenburg said she expects outside groups to attack her with any distortion of her record they can find, but she will stress her 20 years as a prosecutor. She also said she will campaign on a need for new blood on the court to help fix the dysfunction now plaguing its operation.

“People are fed up with negative, nasty politicking in judicial races and they’re fed up with outside special interests telling us how to elect our judges,” Kloppenburg said.

-- By JR Ross

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