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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

 1:27 PM 

Prosser says victory was never in doubt

Despite a slim vote margin and lengthy recount process, Supreme Court Justice David Prosser said he never doubted that he would win another term on the state's highest court.

"We thought we had won on April 5 and we never believed otherwise, frankly," Prosser said in a press conference today. (Listen to audio of the press conference here.)

Kloppenburg, an assistant attorney general in the state Department of Justice, called Prosser this morning to concede.

"I appreciated her call very, very much and am very pleased that the election is now over," Prosser said.

It was a rigorous campaign, but he said he comes away with a renewed appreciation for the process and for the voters.

"The campaign has been something of an ordeal," Prosser said. "It has been an ordeal but I have come through the experience with a greater appreciation of our political process and enormous gratitude for the people of Wisconsin."

During a press conference in which she recounted many "anomalies and irregularities," Kloppenburg said the recount should serve as a "wake-up call" for the need to reform the election process.

Prosser didn't indicate that he thinks there is a need for widespread reform.

"The electoral system involves people, and people are human and people make errors," he said. "But when you look at the whole election, the number of errors is really very small. And I think the people of Wisconsin can have great confidence in the overall operation of our electoral system."

Prosser was appointed to the Supreme Court in September 1998 and elected to 10-year term in 2001. He will be sworn in for another 10-year term in August.

-- By Greg Bump

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