Margin in Wisconsin

This was supposed to be written up yesterday, but wasn’t. I believe the surprise (as in “I’m surprised to have this much snow in the middle of April”) storm messed up my schedule.

Now that I have my excuse out of the way, let’s look at the recent election in Wisconsin. You remember how it went, right? It appeared that Kloppenberg (the not-as-conservative candidate) had won by 204 votes or so. Immediately, various luminaries–including the self-hating capitalist Michael Moore–told everyone that the election was over and that Prosser (the more-conservative-candidate) should concede, regardless of how close the vote was. After all, a majority is a majority.

Then, we found out that about 10,000 votes had not been recorded in the official tally. Now, we have the official totals. Prosser has the contest by 7316 votes. Or, to put it another way, a few hundred short of the percentage needed to preclude a recount:

The margin – 0.488% – is within the 0.5% limit that would allow Kloppenburg to request a statewide recount at taxpayers’ expense.

The deadline for calling for a recount is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Although counties have certified their results, by law the Government Accountability Board can’t certify the statewide results and declare an official winner until after that recount deadline passes or after completion of a recount, the state agency noted.

The Kloppenburg campaign has not decided whether to seek a recount, and it has not conceded the race, either.

So, what’s it going to be? Will those who were in favor of allowing the majority candidate to win with a very small margin stick to their principles?

We should find out in the next few days.