It would be hard for losing Republican Racine Sen. Van Wanggaard to ask for a recount, and not just because apparent Democratic winner John Lehman now has a growing cushion of more than 1% and over 800 votes.
Wanggaard is boxed in because conservatives and Republicans backing Prosser as they blasted Supreme Court candidate JoAnne Kloppenburg's recount after the contested finish in the 2011 race told us Wisconsin recall history and math has made such recounts essentially unwinnable:
From a Prosser campaign news release:
April 12, 2011From a subsequent Prosser news release about Kloppenburg's "nakedly political goal."
Largest Swing in a Statewide Recount—489 Votes
Insurmountable Odds of Sub‐.5% Recounts
The record books show the largest number of votes turned in state history on a recount is 489.Then reposted on a Republican Network Website:
The record books show the largest number of votes turned in state history on a recount is 489.And The Republican Party of Milwaukee picked up the theme a few days later:
Historically over the past 20 years, statewide recounts change vote totals on-average 300 votes.So: Oops.
And look for Walker to find a job for Wanggard, as he did for Plale, that basically doubles a Senate salary.