MADISON, Wis. – Judge Lisa Neubauer is asking for volunteers to “support her efforts” after the unofficial vote count shows her trailing her opponent, Judge Brian Hagedorn, by a slim margin in the race for state Supreme Court.
“We need to make sure that every last vote is counted, and that’s going to take a little time,” Neubauer said in a video she posted to Facebook thanking her supporters.
Neubauer, who was backed by liberals, does not say whether she will seek a recount in the race and does not concede to Hagedorn in the video. She said the race has a “razor-thin margin” and is still too close to call.
Friends — thanks to you, we have seen near record turnout all across Wisconsin and a razor-thin margin. Truth is: this race is still too close to call and we need your help now more than ever. Go to judgeneubauer.com, and sign up to volunteer and support our efforts to ensure every vote is counted.
Posted by Judge Lisa Neubauer on Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Unofficial results show Hagedorn leading Neubauer by just under 6,000 votes out of more than 1.2 million votes counted. At a news conference Wednesday morning, Hagedorn said he believes his lead is insurmountable.
The Associated Press said it would not declare a winner in the election because the race could go to a recount.
Hagedorn, who is backed by conservatives, said he’s ready for a recount even though he doesn’t think one would “make a whole lot of sense.” Neubauer’s campaign has already started fundraising for a possible recount.
He said many voters didn’t believe Neubauer’s attacks, which he said were misleading and inaccurate. Some voters may have viewed those as attacks on people of faith, he said.
Hagedorn is an evangelical Christian and spent much of the race defending his conservative beliefs.