Jo Anne Kloppenburg, a lightly regarded candidate who came from nowhere to challenge an incumbent member of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, has declared victory in her race against Justice David Prosser. That’s confidence for you, with a 204-vote lead. All precincts have been counted but a recount of the 1.5 million votes — unprecedented in a judicial election — seems a certainty.

The Wisconsin political turmoil clearly overlay this race. But it still was an election based on a range of issues, from experience to philosophy of the candidates, not a specific court ruling.