UPDATE: Neubauer won't concede or promise recount

Published: Apr. 2, 2019 at 10:31 PM CDT
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Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer isn't conceding or saying whether she will seek a recount, despite being down by nearly 6,000 votes based on unofficial results.

Neubauer said in a video posted on Facebook on Wednesday that "this race is still too close to call." She says, "We need to make sure that every last vote is counted and that's going to take a little time."

Her opponent, Brian Hagedorn, has declared victory in Tuesday's election and said a recount would be pointless.

Neubauer was backed by liberals while Hagedorn had conservative support. A Hagedorn win would keep the state Supreme Court under conservative control until at least 2023.

Neubauer would have to pay for a recount because the margin of victory wasn't close enough to have taxpayers foot the bill.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn is declaring victory, even though his opponent says the race is almost certainly headed toward a recount.

Hagedorn issued a statement early Wednesday morning saying his margin of victory in Tuesday's election is "insurmountable." With 99% of precincts reporting, Hagedorn had a 5,911-vote lead out of 1.2 million cast. That is about half a percentage point over Lisa Neubauer, within the 1 percentage point margin that allows for her to request a recount. However, she would have to pay for it.

Earlier Tuesday night, Neubauer's campaign manager Tyler Hendricks said "We are almost assuredly headed to a recount."

Hagedorn was backed by conservatives and a victory would increase their majority control of the court to 5-2. Neubauer had liberal backing, including support from former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.

After more than 1.2 million votes, Wisconsin's Supreme Court race is still up in the air.

Tuesday's election between conservative Brian Hagedorn and liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer was too close to call at night's end, with Hagedorn clinging to a 1,600-vote margin with 99% of the unofficial vote tallied.

That was far below the 1-point margin that allows the trailing candidate to request a recount -- and even below the quarter-point margin in which the state pays for it. Neubauer spokesman Tyler Hendricks said the campaign almost certainly would go to a recount.

Neubauer outraised Hagedorn by significant margins and got strong outside help as liberals hoped to position themselves for a court takeover next year. That's now in doubt. Hagedorn also contended with attacks over conservative writings from his past.

Wisconsin's Supreme Court race is too close to call and appears likely to go to a recount.

With the unofficial vote at 99 percent, conservative candidate Brian Hagedorn held a lead of about 1,600 votes over his liberal-backed challenger Lisa Neubauer. The margin was about 0.14 percentage point out of nearly 1.2 million votes cast.

That is well within the 1 percentage point difference that allows the trailing candidate to request a recount.

The Associated Press did not declare a winner, noting that the race was within the margin for a recount.

Neubauer campaign manager Tyler Hendricks says the race is "almost assuredly headed to a recount."

The court is currently controlled 4-3 by conservatives, and liberals were hoping for a Neubauer win to give them a shot at taking majority control next year.

The race for the Wisconsin Supreme Court is too close to call. With 97 percent of the votes counted, conservative-backed candidate Brian Hagedorn was leading liberal-backed candidate Lisa Neubauer by a little more than 4,500 votes, out of nearly 1.2 million votes counted.

The race could go to a recount. In Wisconsin, the trailing candidate can request a recount if the margin is within 1 percentage point. Hagedorn led Neubauer by less than one-half of 1%.

Lisa Neubauer has a slight lead over Brian Hagedorn in a race that was within the margin for a recount as the vote count neared completion.

Neubauer led by less than 7,000 votes out of more than 1 million cast, or a little over a half percentage point.

If the loser is within 1 percentage point of the winner, they may request a recount. The last time that happened in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race was in 2011.

A Neubauer win would put liberals in position to capture majority control of the court next year. A Hagedorn victory would increase the conservative majority to 5-2 and ensure it will be maintained for years.

Both Hagedorn and Neubauer are state appeals court judges. The race is officially nonpartisan but is seen as a potential barometer of the mood in Wisconsin a year before the 2020 presidential primary.