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Kloppenburg spoke Way Too Soon

May she gag on her feet...

BREAKING: Computer Error Could Give Prosser 7,381 More Votes, Victory

After Tuesday night's Wisconsin Supreme Court election, a computer error in heavily Republican Waukesha County failed to send election results for the entire City of Brookfield to the Associated Press. The error, revealed today, would give incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser a net 7,381 votes against his challenger, attorney Joanne Kloppenburg. On Wednesday, Kloppenburg declared victory after the AP reported she finished the election with a 204-vote lead, out of nearly 1.5 million votes cast.

On election night, AP results showed a turnout of 110,000 voters in Waukesha County -- well short of the 180,000 voters that turned out last November, and 42 percent of the county's total turnout.  By comparison, nearly 90 percent of Dane County voters who cast a ballot in November turned out to vote for Kloppenburg.

Prior to the election, Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus was heavily criticized for her decision to keep the county results on an antiquated personal computer, rather than upgrade to a new data system being utilized statewide. Nickolaus cited security concerns for keeping the data herself -- yet when she reported the data, it did not include the City of Brookfield, whose residents cast nearly 14,000 votes.

Throughout the day Thursday, official canvass numbers flipped the lead back and forth between Prosser and Kloppenburg. While many believed a recount was inevitable, the addition of the Brookfield votes for Prosser could push the justice's lead beyond the legal threshold that would trigger an automatic recount. Under state law, Kloppenburg could still ask for a recount up to three days after the official canvass, but would have to pay for it herself.

"Waukesha County officials have announced a press conference for 5:30 CST."

More details as they become available.

-- Christian Schneider is a senior fellow at the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.


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Klopp is done, stick a fork... (Below threshold)
Baggi:

Klopp is done, stick a fork in her. This is too many votes to make up through ACORN fraud.

I almost suspect that this was a rope a dope. That someone in Wisconsin knew that the Democrats and their friends in ACORN were going to closely watch the vote count and try to win this by a slim margin.

So they held back, "accidentaly" 14k total votes.

Now that prosser is ahead by 7k votes, it's going to be really hard for them to find that many more votes.

Specially since they already had to find a bunch to get her a couple hundred votes in the lead.

This is a huge win for Walker and the tax payers of Wisconsin.

Well the Democrats now have... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Well the Democrats now have 'a firm number'. The number of votes they have to "find" in order for Kloppenburg to "win" the election.

Well, isn't that convenient... (Below threshold)
419:

Well, isn't that convenient? I'm sure there's no shenanigans involved there.

WOW what a coincidence! Who... (Below threshold)
warchild:

WOW what a coincidence! Who would have thought that a omputer error could have occured? It just so happens that the computer error may have happened because a Republican County Clerk was keeping the vote tallying software on her personal PC and refused to have it audited.

Hmm, that sho' is interesting.

WOW what a coincidence! Who... (Below threshold)
warchild:

WOW what a coincidence! Who would have thought that a omputer error could have occured? It just so happens that the computer error may have happened because a Republican County Clerk was keeping the vote tallying software on her personal PC and refused to have it audited.

Hmm, that sho' is interesting.

Excellent result...and the ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Excellent result...and the Dem Canvas Board member confirmed the result moments ago!

Game...Set...Match...PROSSER!

And freedom!

Nice to see one of these mi... (Below threshold)
PjayKC:

Nice to see one of these mistakes work for the Republicans for a change!

News Flash!Michael... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

News Flash!

Michael Moore is upset that the counties are conducting a canvass to make sure that votes were counted correctly. According to Mikey this is unnecessary/unfair because “Kloppenburg has already declared victory!"

"According to Mikey this is... (Below threshold)
retired military:

"According to Mikey this is unnecessary/unfair because “Kloppenburg has already declared victory!"

"

Well I declare victory in the 2012 Presidential race. That's right. I won. They now call me Mr President.

I guess Barriknikov will ha... (Below threshold)
914:

I guess Barriknikov will have to get them diebold's there quicker then liketty split.


wartantrumchild-

"Hmm, that sho' is interesting."

Get the shit out of your mouth while you type! Or is that something else your sucking on?

Well, given that at least s... (Below threshold)
Caesar Augustus:

Well, given that at least several thousand 'votes' for the communist undoubtedly were cast by dead people, recidivist felons, and people who went senile over a decade ago, not to mention the many thousands of votes in her favor by empty-headed children who aren't old enough even to rent a car, it's only fair that a material number of actual votes for Prosser are counted, albeit somewhat delayed.

Bad news for unions and anti-American leftists. Good news for Wisconsin and free and fair elections.

Since the usual Democrat M.... (Below threshold)

Since the usual Democrat M.O. is "How many more votes do we need to find to win?", maybe Kathy Nickolaus was just screwing with them?

"...maybe Kathy Nickolaus w... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

"...maybe Kathy Nickolaus was just screwing with them?"

That would be sweet! Let them pad the vote tally by a couple hundred, then declare victory. Until Nickolaus says "Oh, here are the rest of the votes for the other person."

Guess next time, they'll pad the vote by a couple thousand so they won't be "Nickolaused" again.

I almost suspect that th... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

I almost suspect that this was a rope a dope. That someone in Wisconsin knew that the Democrats and their friends in ACORN were going to closely watch the vote count and try to win this by a slim margin.

I wondered about this too. If so, it was brilliant - taking a leaf from the Breitbart notebook, let the Reds think they know how many votes they have to gin up to steal the election, then POW! hose them with your second shot because you're not done. They can hardly come up with a second tranche of bullshit votes.

Just as Trump did this week with the birth certificate issue. Throw out a weakish point as though it's all you've got, wait for the Reds to direct fire at it, then clobber them into the ozone layer with a crushing riposte. Beautiful.

I rather doubt that that's what happened in WI, but it's nice to think that the Americans are catching on to the Reds' tactics, and how to fight them.

the odds of it being done i... (Below threshold)

the odds of it being done intentionally are pretty weak, seriously, who would have thought that no one would notice that a town reported, but reported no votes

"Kloppenburg could s... (Below threshold)
914:


"Kloppenburg could still ask for a recount up to three days after the official canvass, but would have to pay for it herself"


Three days is an eternity in ACORNLAND. Maybe Jimah, Holder and screwy Louie can lend a hand just to make sure the process is not anti-semitical.

419 and Warchild,Dem... (Below threshold)
sarahconnor2:

419 and Warchild,
Democrats griping about Republicans finding votes is way over the hypocrisy line. Show some self respect for heaven's sakes.

"419 and Warchild,De... (Below threshold)
914:

"419 and Warchild,
Democrats griping about Republicans finding votes is way over the hypocrisy line. Show some self respect for heaven's sakes."


Thats asking a lot Sarah, first they have to master potty training .

I thought Garand was joking... (Below threshold)

I thought Garand was joking.

http://twitter.com/MMFlint/statuses/56128307044958208

Crap. He's as much a stupid bastard as he is a fat bastard.

"Get in mah belleh!"

Democrats cry for every vot... (Below threshold)

Democrats cry for every vote to be counted...


...except when it means they lose.

"According to Mikey this... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

"According to Mikey this is unnecessary/unfair because “Kloppenburg has already declared victory!"

So did Gore in 2000...

Now that's how you play ele... (Below threshold)
f1guyus:

Now that's how you play election poker. Make the Dems show their hole cars and squash 'em. Cool.

From the Milwaukee Journal ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

Ramona Kitzinger, the Democrat on the Waukesha County Board of Canvassers, said: "We went over everything and made sure all the numbers jibed up and they did. Those numbers jibed up and we're satisfied they're correct."

As a Democrat, she said, "I'm not going to stand here and tell you something that's not true."

So just to check back with 419 and warchild, The dems say your candidate lost and that there was no fraud.

Your complaint was exactly what again?

I'm not sure which the dems... (Below threshold)
jim m:

I'm not sure which the dems are more upset about: Whether it's that Kloppenburg lost or if it's the fact that they beclowned themselves gloating about the victory that wasn't.

I really do enjoy the "But...But....But she declared victory! You can't count any more votes now!". So much for the count every vote crowd.

And I confess, I would be suspicious of this too if it were not for the fact that dem officials are standing up and saying that the new count is correct.

As sweet as it would be to ... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

As sweet as it would be to believe we outfoxed the filthy, vote-defrauding, election-stealing "Democrats" by withholding the votes, unfortunately our side just isn't that crafty.

That's why the Democrats usually come out on top in close elections - this is nothing new, of course. Daley and LBJ stole the 1960 election for Kennedy.

But the prospect of the public sector unions in Wisconsin, Ohio, and perhaps other states will now have to collect their own darned dues makes up for the disappointment.

As a former govt worker, an... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

As a former govt worker, and as someone with 18 years in IT... what you have here is a stubborn govt worker that feels above the rules, and is unwilling to deal with change. She pushed hard to keep her old systems despite the warnings, and has enough clout that nobody was willing to step in and force her to get with the program.
I've seen this behaivor again and again, in the public and private sector.

Seriously guys. If she was ... (Below threshold)

Seriously guys. If she was a Democrat supporter, refused to be audited, and then *two days* after the election finally mentions she has **just enough** votes to give her guy a win that's **just barely** past the automatic recall point...wouldn't you be suspicious?

I'm sure you would, and you'd be right to be.

Regardless, I'm sure a recount will happen and the rightful winner will get in, no matter which party. A recount hurts no voters, it's just making extra sure.

As sweet as it wou... (Below threshold)
As sweet as it would be to believe we outfoxed the filthy, vote-defrauding, election-stealing "Democrats" by withholding the votes, unfortunately our side just isn't that crafty.

[cough]Bush in Florida[cough]

Frankly, what bothers me is... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Frankly, what bothers me is that the AP is calling the winner. Why is ANY news agancy calling an election? Especially after the fiascos they've caused in the past. Why isn't the proper election authority calling it?

"Regardless, I'm sure a recount will happen and the rightful winner will get in, no matter which party. A recount hurts no voters, it's just making extra sure."

A recount is going to happen only if Kloppenburger wants it and then she'll have to pay for it. Get your wallet out and send her some money so you can be "sure" the rightful winner gets in.

Well, we now know the color... (Below threshold)

Well, we now know the color of the sky on "jim x" planet...

wartoddler-"It jus... (Below threshold)
Sarah the Impaler:

wartoddler-

"It just so happens that the computer error may have happened because a Republican County Clerk was keeping the vote tallying software on her personal PC and refused to have it audited."


Thats interesting theory and conjecture. Next time try facts and evidence. You may resume sucklin now.

Wow. The level of cognitive... (Below threshold)
419:

Wow. The level of cognitive dissonance on the American right has reached unprecedented heights.

IOKIYAR

419 opines:<blockquot... (Below threshold)

419 opines:

Wow. The level of cognitive dissonance on the American right has reached unprecedented heights.

Project much?

I honestly beieve that it w... (Below threshold)
Howie:

I honestly beieve that it wasn't a "rope-a-dope", but an honest mistake that happened to work out for the Republicans. However, I do believe the "waves of change" from the Left has come to a resounding halt. People in Wisconsin really do not want Public Unions.

As we have seen in the past, anytime the count in close and there is a recount, Democrats magically find more votes. Seriously, do some research and you will see the numbers are like 950% for the Democrats. This tells me one of two things. 1.) People voting Democrat are not as smart, as they don't do it correctly, 2) Democrats cheat and make up votes to win close elections.

This was not one person's s... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

This was not one person's single PC. There is a small network involved, and a department of people. The whole network is obsolete.
In IT and engineering, we often say RTFM, in this case, RTFA.

"Project much?""I ... (Below threshold)
419:

"Project much?"

"I know you are, but what am I" may have been a valid argument when you were 8, but... oh, nevermind.

Turns out the 7500 votes <i... (Below threshold)

Turns out the 7500 votes were reported -- just not to the AP. Oops.

A couple of myths about thi... (Below threshold)
cirby:

A couple of myths about this that have since been corrected:

1) It wasn't "someone's personal PC." It was an older government-owned PC, or "personal computer."

2) The votes weren't found after nobody noticed them missing - a number of people even noticed on election night that there seemed to be a bunch of votes missing from that county, and some actually pointed out that that one city had no votes recorded.

Note that both of these are very different than the typical Democrat moves, like "I found these 500 important votes in my car trunk a day or two after the election," or "yeah, those 500 votes, which happen to be 90% Democrat-favoring, came from a precinct that was otherwise a dead heat in a race that could be decided by, oh, another 400 votes..."

After considerable thought,... (Below threshold)
liberalNItemare:

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