A Wisconsin Supreme Court race holds high stakes for abortion rights and the 2024 election
(CNN) — What’s typically an under-the-radar judicial election in Wisconsin has turned into a high-stakes and expensive fight for control of the state’s Supreme Court — with the future of abortion, voting rights and redistricting in this battleground state hanging in the balance.
Millions of dollars in advertising have been reserved ahead of Tuesday’s primary election — the first of two rounds that will determine who replaces a retiring conservative justice, potentially shifting the balance on Wisconsin’s seven-judge high court. While the election is nonpartisan, each of the four contenders is squarely in the liberal or conservative camps.
“This seat is crucial to the balance of the court, and the court is crucial to the balance of the state,” said Barry Burden, a political scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and director of its Elections Research Center.