Judge Lisa Neubauer’s campaign declared late Tuesday the Supreme Court race was too close to call and “almost assuredly headed to a recount.”
“Wisconsinites deserve to know we have had a fair election and that every vote is counted,” said Neubauer campaign manager Tyler Hendricks.
According to the unofficial tally from The Associated Press, fellow Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn had an edge of more than 3,200 votes with 96 percent of precincts in.
Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley at Hagedorn’s election night party told cheering attendees she was “tentatively happy to announce” Hagedorn is expecting a victory, but is waiting until all votes are counted.
Bradley told attendees “not to go anywhere” while they await the final results.
Already, more than 1.1 million votes have been counted, according to unofficial results, surpassing turnout for the 2018 spring general election. Last year, 997,485 voted in the state Supreme Court race, or 22.3 percent of the state’s voting age population.
Under state law, the margin must be 1 percent for a candidate to request a recount and within 0.25 percent for the candidate requesting one to avoid paying the costs.
If turnout hits 1.2 million, the margin would be about 3,000 votes for the trailing candidate to request the recount without covering the costs.