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Republicans concede that the Democrats are better funded — they’re getting support from labor unions, Progressive Change Campaign Committee and Democracy for America, among others — but the Republicans took heart in the results from the April 5 Supreme Court election.

Conservative Justice David Prosser put in a strong showing in seven of the eight Republican-held Senate districts now facing recalls. He now leads by an estimated 6,744 votes over his union-backed challenger, Assistant State Attorney General JoAnne Kloppenburg, although she is expected to file for a recount by the April 20 deadline.

“In districts where I believe recalls are most likely to qualify, Justice Prosser actually did pretty well. So the Republicans are talking about that being a good sign going forward,” said Brett Healy, president of the MacIver Institute, a free-market think tank in Madison. “The one district where that didn’t happen was Kapanke‘s.”