15 June 2012

There's Going to Be a Recount in Wisconsin Senate Race

This is no surprise:
A Republican Wisconsin state senator asked Friday for a recount in the election that could hand Democrats their only victory in this month's six recalls, and at least a temporary majority in the state Senate.

An official canvass this week showed incumbent Racine Republican Van Wanggaard trailing Democratic challenger John Lehman by 834 votes, or 1.2 percent of the nearly 72,000 votes cast.

Democrats had called on Wanggaard to concede, saying a recount would only waste taxpayer money and delay the inevitable. But Wanggaard's campaign said it was concerned about reports of voting irregularities and wanted to ensure the outcome was accurate.

The state Senate currently has 16 Democrats and 16 Republicans, meaning the winner of the Wanggaard-Lehman race will give his party majority control. The victory, however, could be largely symbolic. The Legislature isn't expected to convene again until January, and the November elections could cause the balance of political power to shift once again.
Of course he's asking for a recount.

800 votes objectively does not seem like many, but it's 1.2%, which is well nigh insurmountable.

It's (mostly) about being a dick, and perhaps about delaying control of the professional staff in the Senate by the Democrats.


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