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Even the Shepherd Express's Lisa Kaiser is starting to see the numbers on the wall.

If you're a supporter of Assistant Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg and you're hoping that a recount could possibly turn up enough votes to secure her a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, brace yourself.

According to one recount expert, it's highly unlikely that Kloppenburg could win via a recount if the Government Accountability Board (GAB) makes Prosser's 7,000-or-so vote lead official and does not dispute
Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus's actions.

I spoke to journalist
Jay Weiner, author of This Is Not Florida: How Al Franken Won the Minnesota Senate Recount, who said it's nearly impossible to swing thousands of votes in a recount.

In fact, no recount in the modern era has moved more than 500-600 votes, he said. Weiner said recounts in the 2008 Senate race in Minnesota between Norm Coleman and Al Franken, the 2010 Minnesota governor's race between Mark Dayton and Tom Emmer, the 2004 race between Christine Gregoire and Dino Rossi for governor of Washington, and a 2010 race for the state Senate of New York all shifted a few hundred votes—not a few thousand.

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