Hagedorn declares victory, State Supreme Court race remains too close to call
Election within recount margins
MADISON, Wis. — Judge Brian Hagedorn is declaring victory over Judge Lisa Neubauer in Wisconsin’s State Supreme Court race, although it officially remains too close to call.
“The people of Wisconsin have spoken, and our margin of victory is insurmountable,” the Hagedorn campaign said in a statement released just after 2 a.m. Wednesday.
“I am deeply humbled and honored by the voters who have placed their trust in me to serve as Wisconsin’s next Supreme Court justice. The voters chose to have a Court that keeps personal political beliefs out of the courtroom and applies the law as written,” the statement said.
— Judge Brian Hagedorn (@judgehagedorn) April 3, 2019
As of 2 a.m., Hagedorn leads Neubauer by 5,801 votes, with 3589 of 3600 precincts across the state reporting. That would be within the 1-percent margin needed for a recount.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Conservative holds slim lead over liberal-backed rival in Wisconsin Supreme Court race headed for possible recount. #news3now
— News 3 Now / Channel 3000 (@WISCTV_News3) April 3, 2019
The AP said Tuesday night it would not declare a winner because the race was too close to call.
Neubauer campaign manager Tyler Hendricks says “We are going to make sure every vote is counted. Wisconsinites deserve to know we have had a fair election and that every vote is counted.”
— Jessica Arp (@news3jessica) April 3, 2019
Both Neubauer and Hagedorn currently serve on the Court of Appeals. Former Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle appointed Neubauer to the court in 2008, while former Republican Gov. Scott Walker appointed Hagedorn in 2015.
The race was officially nonpartisan, but both candidates benefited heavily from support by partisan groups.
Justice Rebecca Bradley just went up to the podium at @judgehagedorn‘s watch party and said “we are expecting a victory tonight” and she told Hagedorn’s supporters to standby.
Then they started chanting Hagedorn’s name. #news3now
— Rose Schmidt (@RoseSchmidtTV) April 3, 2019
Neubauer was backed by liberals and outside liberal groups, such as the one run by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, which spent big money to help her. Hagedorn, the favorite of conservatives, was backed by groups such as the National Rifle Association and Wisconsin Right to Life.
The winner will serve a 10-year term on the state’s highest court and will be replacing longtime Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who is retiring.
The court is currently controlled 4-3 by conservatives. A Hagedorn win would mean it increases to 5-2 and insure that liberals don’t have a chance at taking control in next year’s election.
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