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Supreme Court race sets up new battle for Wisconsin


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Democrats and Republicans are gearing up for an unexpectedly high-profile battle over a seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court that will offer new hints about President Trump’s chances of winning the key Midwestern battleground for a second time.

At stake in the April 2 election is a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, where Justice Shirley Abrahamson is retiring after more than four decades on the bench.

But in the longer term, the battle is really about the future of a state that has become the epicenter of some of the most contentious political fights of the last decade.

The race is ostensibly nonpartisan, but in a state rife with partisan tension, it is nonpartisan in name only. The two candidates vying to succeed Abrahamson are Brian Hagedorn, who is backed by Republicans, and Lisa Neubauer, who is supported by Democrats.

“Nowadays, nonpartisan elections are sort of a joke, especially for offices like this,” said Paul Nolette, a political scientist at Marquette University.:snip:

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