Elections panel certifies Hagedorn's Supreme Court victory

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The state Elections Commission is certifying Brian Hagedorn's victory over Lisa Neubauer in the race for an open state Supreme Court seat.

Unofficial returns from the April 2 election showed Hagedorn ahead of Neubauer by 5,962 votes. Neubauer had mulled a recount but ultimately decided against it and conceded defeat on April 10.

The commission released a final tally Wednesday that shows Hagedorn beat her by 5,981 votes.

Hagedorn and Neubauer were vying to replace retiring liberal Justice Shirley Abrahamson, who is battling cancer.

Hagedorn will serve a 10-year term. His win means the court's conservative majority will grow from 4-3 to 5-2 when he takes the seat in August.