April 7, 2011 / 10:59 PM / 6 years ago

Wisconsin court race jolted by uncounted ballot find

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MADISON, Wis (Reuters) - Officials in Waukesha County on Thursday said a final review of paperwork and other records from this week's closely watched Wisconsin Supreme Court election had uncovered thousands of uncounted votes, a potentially stunning development that could upend the contest.

Unofficial returns on Wednesday had given the union-backed challenger in the race, JoAnne Kloppenburg, a narrow 204-vote statewide lead over Republican David Prosser.

But late Thursday, the county clerk in Waukesha, a Republican stronghold, said workers had found 7,582 votes uncounted votes for Prosser.

Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said she would hold a press conference at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the discovery.

Reporting by Jeff Mayers; writing by James B. Kelleher; editing by Tim Gaynor

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