Three Electoral Tests in Wisconsin

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March 10 2011 9:02 AM

Three Electoral Tests in Wisconsin

David Dayen makes a point about Wisconsin that lots of folks are missing.

The matchup between David Prosser (R) and JoAnn Kloppenberg (D) for the state Supreme Court on April 5 just got very interesting. It’s a statewide vote, and the balance of power on the state Supreme Court is at stake. Right now there are 4 Republicans and 3 Democrats on the court, but one of those Republicans is Prosser. Expect lots of organizing and millions of dollars poured into this election, which is much like a political election, with debates and everything. If Democrats win, the legality of what took place tonight may be put in greater question.

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I saw homemade "Vote Kloppenberg April 5" signs when I was in Madison last month, carried by people protesting in the Capitol. Her campaign website is fairly staid, with not many news updates in the last few weeks, and a message that will limit what liberals can do for her.

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But that's an election third-party groups are going to want to look at. Another election to look at: The May 3 ballots for three vacant Assembly seats, emptied out by Gov. Scott Walker as he built his administration. A third election to look at, of course, will be the recall of senators that can happen in early Summer if petitioners, on the Democratic or the Republican side, succeed. Greg Sargent reported yesterday that Democratic petitioners are 15 percent of the way to the signature requirements on the eight recalls they're attempting; there are rallies across Wisconsin today where, presumably, more people can sign up.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.