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How Did Wisconsin Miss 14,000 Votes? Someone Didn't Click 'Save'

It was certainly a shocker, as our colleague Frank James says over at It's All Politics, when it was announced Thursday that what was thought to be a skintight race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat was instead looking like an easy win for the incumbent Republican.

So what happened to turn what was a 204-vote lead for Democrat JoAnne Kloppenberg into a 7,500-plus votes advantage for Justice David Prosser, a Republican?

As Milwaukee's Journal Sentinel explains, "Waukesha County Clerk Kathy Nickolaus said Thursday that she failed to save on her computer and then report 14,315 votes in the city of Brookfield, omitting them entirely in an unofficial total she released after Tuesday's election."

The conservative Hot Air blog says Nickolaus' appearance before reporters yesterday was "the greatest press conference of all time" [their italics, not ours]. If you want to see if you agree, the Journal Sentinel has the video.

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