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Trump Congratulates Hagedorn In Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

Trumps Tweets Hagedorn Had A 'Big Suprise Win' In This Week's Election

Brian Hagedorn
Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn speaks at a news conference Wednesday, April 3, 2019, in Pewaukee. Hagedorn, a conservative, led liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer by 5,962 votes out of 1.2 million cast, based on unofficial results with all precincts reporting. Ivan Moreno/AP Photo

President Donald Trump is congratulating Brian Hagedorn on what the president calls a “big surprise win” in this week’s Wisconsin Supreme Court election.

Hagedorn has about 6,000 more votes than liberal-backed Lisa Neubauer. Hagedorn declared victory, but Neubauer has not conceded and is raising money for a potential recount.

Trump called it a “very important Supreme Court seat” in a Friday tweet. Hagedorn was former Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s attorney for five years and was backed by conservatives. Trump said, “Republicans are producing big for Wisconsin!”

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Democratic Gov. Tony Evers declined to say Friday whether he thinks Neubauer should request a recount, saying he has “no advice.”

Hagedorn’s lead was about half a percentage point.

The razor-thin margin is the latest in a series of close elections in Wisconsin and speaks to the close partisan divide that makes the state a central target in the 2020 presidential contest.