Could Wisconsin end in a recount?
June 5th, 2012
08:43 PM ET
3 years ago

Could Wisconsin end in a recount?

(CNN) - In the final days before Tuesday's Wisconsin recall election, polls showed incumbent Gov. Scott Walker with a thin edge over Democratic challenger Tom Barrett, which begs the question: Could there be a recount?

While recounts are permitted in the Badger State, there is no mandatory recount triggered by a close vote margin, as they have in Florida and other states.

Candidates running for any office may request a recount of their contest. The state will pay for the recount if the margin is less than 0.5% of the total vote. If the margin is greater than that, the candidate may still request the recount but is then responsible to pay for it.


Filed under: 2012 • Wisconsin
soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. george of the jungle

    I sure hop they gey it right the first time.

    June 5, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  2. MDNA = MaDge Not Applicable!

    Ed has been reporting that WI turnout was very strong in today's recall election with some precints reporting only having 10 blank ballots with 7 minutes to go before closing.

    Hmmmm....

    June 5, 2012 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  3. Scum1981

    Definitely possible. Either of these guys would have to be crazy not to do a recount if it's that close.

    June 5, 2012 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  4. Triple A

    If Walker wins of course there will be a recount and with each recount they will keep finding lost ballets until Walker loses.

    June 5, 2012 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  5. T'sah from Virginia

    Dang CNN – they didn't even COUNT the votes yet.... Jeez!!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!

    June 5, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  6. Bob the Janitor

    21% reporting in New Jersey and "Romney wins", 24% in Wisconsin and it's "too close to call"...LOL

    June 5, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  7. lynno

    I would rather see this whole thing end with and indictment for Mr. Walker. Maybe he would finally end up where he belongs. He might even be able to finish his college degree there.

    June 5, 2012 10:02 pm at 10:02 pm |
  8. American in Valparaiso Indiana

    If the Democrats lose this, you can blame Obama for not coming down and getting into the dirt to defeat the GOP. The National Party did NOTHING for this recall vote. What a joke. But local elections never get support from the National fat cats.

    June 5, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  9. scott

    Why would their be a recount, Walker is blowing him out of the water, the State of Wis overwhelming support Walker. Who ever wrote this article is not the brightest bulb.

    June 5, 2012 10:21 pm at 10:21 pm |
  10. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I don't think that Walker should continue as governor. The problem is that most of the money for Walker came from outside the state and that is wrong. Only the Badger state residents should make that call; too much influence from outside the state. That is a shame that is happening.

    June 5, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |