Judge Lisa Neubauer is urging her supporters to “stick with me” as she maintains the state Supreme Court race is “too close to call.”
In a 90-second video posted to her Facebook page this afternoon, Neubauer continued to pledge she’d work to ensure “every last vote is counted” in the race, an action she warned would “take a little time.”
Still, she thanked her backers for their support and called on them to “volunteer and support our efforts.”
In unofficial returns collected by The Associated Press, fellow Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn was leading by 5,960 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting.
“We reached hundreds of thousands of our neighbors with our message of needing fair, impartial and independent courts,” she said in the video. “We have seen near-record turnout and a razor-thin margin.”
Neubauer also slammed the “unprecedented deluge of last-minute, outside dark money spending” that favored her opponent. The Republican State Leadership Committee’s Judicial Fairness Initiative last week mounted a last-minute ad buy favoring the conservative candidate in the first significant expenditure by an independent group on Hagedorn’s behalf.
Over the course of the campaign, Neubauer held a significant edge in third-party spending in the race, according to WisPolitics.com checks of independent expenditures filings with the state and information on TV buys that was shared by sources.