Liberals Win Control of Wisconsin Supreme Court
Janet Protasiewicz was victorious over Daniel Kelly
Yesterday, liberals claimed control of Wisconsin's high court in an election, giving them a one-vote majority on a body that in the coming years will likely consider the state’s abortion ban, its gerrymandered legislative districts and its voting rules for the 2024 presidential election.
Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz's victory over former state Supreme Court justice Daniel Kelly will end 15 years of conservative control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court. She could face ethical questions when the court takes up politically charged cases because she campaigned heavily on abortion rights and repeatedly called the state's election maps "rigged."
Protasiewicz beat Kelly by 11 points, 55.5 percent to 45.5 percent, according to The Associated Press. About 1.8 million people voted, nearly 40 percent of the state's eligible voters, which was high given that court elections rarely see turnout of more than 30 percent.
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