“The Wisconsin Supreme Court race that liberals needed to win to have a shot at taking majority control of the court next year could go to a recount, and the conservative candidate declared victory Wednesday with a narrow lead after the election.
“A win would increase the conservatives’ majority to 5-2 and extend their decade-long control of the court until at least 2023.
“It would be a particularly stinging defeat for liberals, who were confident and riding a wave of wins in 2018, including picking up a Supreme Court seat and ousting Republican Gov. Scott Walker.
“Conservative Brian Hagedorn, Walker’s chief legal counsel for five years, led liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer by 5,962 votes out of 1.2 million cast.
“That’s a difference of about half a percentage point, close enough for Neubauer to request a recount, but she would have to pay for it.”
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