Jennifer Shilling and Dan Kapanke

Jennifer Shilling and Dan Kapanke

State Sen. Jennifer Shilling declared victory in her first race for re-election Friday, retaining a narrow vote margin after a recount this week of more than 89,000 ballots.

The La Crosse Democrat, who is her party’s leader in the Senate, edged Republican challenger Dan Kapanke, who sought the recount after the initial tally had Shilling ahead by 56 votes.

La Crosse County completed its recount at midday Friday.

Numbers provided by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on Friday evening had Shilling’s margin of victory at 61 votes, with 43,585 votes for Shilling, 43524 for Kapanke and 2,093 for Chip DeNure.

Both Shilling and Kapanke issued statements indicating that the matter was settled.

“With the result of the race once again confirmed, I hope we can put this election behind us and continue moving forward on the issues that working families are concerned about,” Shilling said in her statement. “It’s time to get to work strengthening our schools, investing in infrastructure and expanding economic opportunities in our state.”

In his statement, Kapanke congratulated Shilling on her victory. “I wish her the best, and know that when she returns to Madison she will represent all of the voters in the 32nd District. What a great responsibility and privilege for her to do so,” he said, adding that the recount ensured that “each and every vote that was cast was recorded correctly and fairly.”

Any changes in the votes came not because a defective process or machinery, but because of voter error. In some cases, La Crosse County Clerk Ginny Dankmeyer said, voters put a check instead of filling in the box or they might have neglected to properly fill out their absentee ballots. Other vote changes came because voters partially filled in the box for one candidate and then completely filled in the box for the other candidate, resulting in an “overvote” so neither candidate got the vote when the ballot was scanned.

And, she added, “there were no signs of Russian elves. That was the joke throughout the recount.”

Although it was a lot of work, especially considering the clerk’s office is scheduled to move out of the existing administrative center into the new building on Dec. 13, for Dankmeyer elections and recounts are a core part of what her office does.

“This is our Super Bowl. This is our way of proving what we’re doing is right,” Dankmeyer said.

Clerks offices across the state have a presidential recount to undertake. Dankmeyer said work on that will begin Monday and should be done within three days as part of the work of that recount already was done as part of the Senate recount.

Shilling expressed appreciation for all the people involved in the recount.

“I want to thank all of the local election officials, poll workers, volunteers and observers who put in many long hours to protect the integrity of our electoral process and make sure every vote was counted,” Shilling said. “Once again, their efforts have resulted in another clean, open and transparent election in western Wisconsin.”

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Entertainment and county government reporter

Randy Erickson covers arts and entertainment and county government for the La Crosse Tribune. Contact him at 608-791-8219 or randy.erickson@lee.net.

(53) comments

johnnybragatti

Jill Stein, could come away, with being, the most impressive woman, in the U.S.
She ain"t taken no caca from Trump,
and she is beating him, at his own game.
Trump. duped a lot his low-lifes and scumbags,
and Jill ,is showing "em ,the ropes.

random annoying bozo

it just goes to show that recounts seldom change the outcomes, unless it's like less than 10 votes or so to start.
so the recounts crooked Hillary is doing in wi, mi and pa, via her lapdog stein are much ado about nothing. time to move on and assist Trump in making America great again, and putting Americans interests ahead of the rest of the worlds.

Opus

First....Clinton is not "doing" recounts in any state. Stein is calling for them. Why? Well, Trump called the elections "rigged" , so let's see if he was right.
Or was it just another lie told by the president elect?

Comment deleted.
fish37

trump head racist. what party??? idiot , offender lover clyde

hammer

Kapanke picked up one vote. What did that cost us?

Buggs Raplin

Maybe a penny or two to individual citizens

GrandpaS

And the other thing is, we found out that our election system is not "rigged." The initial count was pretty darn accurate. That's reassuring to know, and kind of takes the wind out of those denouncing our voting procedures. Guess what, folks? They work.

GrandpaS

I have to agree with Cassandra and Oldhomey. If any candidate is in an election and the final tally is within 56 votes out of thousands, that's a legitimate reason to request a recall, and Mr. Kapanke's re-count request was absolutely reasonable and justified. I saw Dan's comments on TV last night after the final results were announced, and there was no whining, no "rigged" election non-sense, and no sour grapes. He spoke with graciousness, good sportsmanship and something you don't see in politics anymore: an adult level of maturity. He conducted himself as a class act. How do we get that kind of conduct to spread through the rest of our political system? It would be a huge step forward........from the politicians and from so many rude, insulting voters. It's time to grow up America. Dan and Jill BOTH just gave excellent examples of how to do that.

joebadaxxe

Glad to see it. We do have SOME representation here.

Tim Russell

"In a petition filed Wednesday with the Wisconsin Elections Commission, Kapanke states that counting mistakes were committed in each of the more than 130 voting wards of the 32nd Senate District."

So much for his creditability.

Buggs Raplin

So much for your spelling

fish37

that the best you got BUGS

Buggs Raplin

so much for your spelling too

fish37

no you are turning into a BUG

GrandpaS

LOL. Buggs, you and I don't sit on the same political page very often, but I have to say, your commercials and campaign didn't say "here's why the other candidates stink." You said, "If elected, here's what I would strive to do." I give you credit for that.

Buggs Raplin

Thanks.

Tim Russell

I see your point because misspelling and a man's credibility are nearly the same thing.

capedcrusader


Buggs Raplin Dec 2, 2016 3:27pm

I hear that in California, if you've got a deriver's license, you can vote, and I hear that in California illegal immigrants are given driver's licenses. Could someone explain to Condor the ramifications.

bill45

He should've been made to pay for his OWN recount instead of us.

Clydefromona

Don't be so sure of that? Senator Kapanke just might hold a press conference with Dankmeyer and a big check. You saw it here first.

fish37

I see who gives you drugs.

mrquettfan

Immediately upon notification by my employer that I had to be working in the Milwaukee area the week of the election I went on line and applied for an absentee ballot. Completed the application including uploading a scan of my WI drivers license and I got the message that my application was successfully submitted and I would receive my absentee ballot in the mail. Day after day the mail came but no absentee ballot. On election day I asked my wife to inquire when she voted and she sent me the name and phone number of the Lacrosse county clerk that was given to her. Well the Lacrosse county clerk said "oh yes I have your application and about sixty others that were submitted after the deadline.... I asked if there was a deadline why wasn't that information included on the web site AND why would the online application for absentee ballots be functioning after the deadline passed, the reply: "that would make sense." No concern indicated on her part at all. And, no effort on the Lacrosse County Clerks part to contact any of the people that made an honest effort to vote!! It seems the (Democrat) La Crosse county clerk is only demanding to be certain every vote count when it is likely that vote is for a Democrat. I wonder how many of the other 60 absentee ballot applicants would have been votes for M. Kapanke if our votes were counted??

tower

You have finally found the Dems out. This is how they tilted the national election so Hillary won. Wait, that didn't work very well, never mind.

stopit1

I'm sorry but your 'story' doesn't appear to hold water. When I looked into voting absentee, all the info. with the dates was clearly on the website. This include a statement from the Post Master saying that you should mail your completed ballot 1 week before the election date. I can't imagine that the city clerks office would make statements like you stated. Please don't make accusations that the county clerk only wanted the Democrat votes to count. Even if this did indeed happen, La Crosse Co overwhelmingly went for Shilling. The chances that 60 of the purported 60 missing application would have gone to Kapanke are about ZERO. File a complaint the the election committee if you have a valid complaint.

Clydefromona

If a person requests an absentee ballot means they are employed, that would be a Kapanke vote.

fish37

sex offender and drug lover

fish37

lies

union conservative

So you voted for someone who doesn't believe in leaving within your means. Schilling wants WI to take federal funds similar to MN. You have seen what insurance has become in MN. Do want that cause that is what we would have with democrats controlling the state,

tower

What you really get uc is a state like CA who becomes the 6th largest economy in the world. The Dem state has grown faster than any other state by any economic standard you want. Higher growth in new businesses, new workers, increased tax collection etc. At the same time they passed, this Nov., an extension of a surtax on the wealthiest people. Their population has also grown 34%. That is what you get when Dems control the state.

tower

BTW: Did you know MN $1.2B surplus? What do we have in WI?

Clydefromona

Ooopsies, that surplus is going to keep MnSure solvent for another year.

fish37

while wi. goes deeper in debt.

stopit1

Please reread you comment and the re-write in a coherent sentence so everyone knows what you are saying. Yes, I want the Dems to take over the 49th ranked state in business climate and one of the worst for their roads. Also, if we would take insurance companies out of the medical area, our costs would drop 25%, which is how much of our medical dollars go to paying to have staff work with the numerous insurance companies. Single Payer would be so much cheaper & easier. Then lets go after the pharmaceutical industry for price gauging.

Buggs Raplin

Single-payer was my solution to all health issues that came up as I campaigned for the state senate.-Chip DeNure

fish37

and annanuki heath care

Buggs Raplin


That's Anunnakicare, same thing as single payer

GrandpaS

How can you say that the pharma industry is price gouging? All they did was raise some prices from $200 per treatment to about $1,100 per treatment. What the heck is wrong with that? Don't like paying $100,000 for some cancer treatments and paying the elevated cost of health insurance to cover that charge? Well yes, that's all bad and unaffordable, but at least it gives alt-rightists something to criticize Obama about and a reason to scream about th evils of socialism, which is how almost all countries on the planet furnish and pay for heath care. Those things alone, I think, are worth the rip off prices we pay. Why not?

GrandpaS

Did you know, uc, that Wisconsin pays federal taxes anyway, and by refusing to accept some of those federal tax dollars back for a program that would benefit our state, we instead sent those dollars - OUR tax dollars - to other states? Walker wisdom didn't get it right on this issue.

lookout

It's easy to ask for something when you never have to pay a penny for it. Maybe he should give everyone a break on the cost for a ticket to see the ball games saying the first 500 people getting in free would be a start

capedcrusader

Congrats Jen and keep up the good work!

Jobaba

Hats off to hanky! It's only our money he blew.

Buggs Raplin

Jen would have done the same thing were she 56 votes behind.

Buggs Raplin

I just sent Jen an e-mail congratulating her on her victory. To Dan and Ruth, thank you for the respect that you, and Jen, showed me during the election debates and forums. It was one of the great experiences of my life.-Chip DeNure aka Buggs Raplin

fish37

tears

Buggs Raplin

No tears

Jobaba

Woulda, coulda, shoulda.

Buggs Raplin

Well, you get down in the political arena and run for office, instead of just complaining...Chip DeNure

Fairbank

Jennifer has served this area well

Cassandra

He was within his rights under the law. You'd prefer that narrow elections go unchallenged?

oldhomey

Agreed, Cassandra. There should be no criticism of Kapanke asking for the recount when the vote was that close. It only makes sense, so I wish the cheap shots about this would end.

Clydefromona

Don't be so sure of that? Senator Kapanke just might hold a press conference with Dankmeyer and a big check. You saw it hear first.

fish37

drugs do affect your mind.

Buggs Raplin

go ask Alice....

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