Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Wisconsin: Lehman affirmed as winner, Wanggaard yet to concede

In the recall rematch, recanvass gave John Lehman an 834 vote win -- 36,351 to 35,517. He got an additional 55 votes.

Wanggaard had previously cited outstanding absentee ballots, voting irregularities and countywide problems in clerks' unofficial vote totals as reasons he wasn't conceding. A recount would cost him $685.

There are bigger issues at play here -- the Democrats will take control once Lehman is given the office. The Democrats are attacking the recount as a "futile delay," but I think every candidate that's ahead dismisses talk of recounts and insults the candidate behind for asking for a (fully reasonable) check on the results.


  1. Dems are incorrect that it's a delay tactic, since there's not much incentive for delay, given that the Senate is in recess till November.

    I suppose they could re-open the session and pass a bunch of unilateral anti-Walker resolutions, but no legislation would come close to passing the House and Walker's desk.

  2. All true...though I think the Dems complaint is simply a common tactic by all parties ahead in a close race (the -- why don't you just give up and save yourself the embarrassment tactic). Just saw the same tactic used in a special election in NY by Republicans.

  3. But there the delay by Fidler *did* successfully stop Storobin from taking office until business in the state senate was basically all done. That's why the GOP candidate was pressing the Dem to resign himself to reality.

  4. Unlike Wisconsin (where the Senate will flip), the Storobin-Fidler battle didn't have any impact on the Republican-controlled state Senate. So Storbin's taking the seat was irrelevant to the bigger picture. However, both sides were pushing for the other to give up (depending on who was in the lead). That fight might still be going on but for the district being blown apart in the gerrymander.