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Photo Finish for Wisc. Supreme Ct.

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Crime issues are not front and center in the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, but we have seen elsewhere how the dynamics on crime issues are affected by political shifts that happen for unrelated reasons.  In Illinois, for example, the repeal of the death penalty was pushed through in a lame duck session.  The legislature there, like much of America, had taken on an unusual leftward tilt in the 2006-2008 period.  It was set to become relatively more conservative as a result of the reversion-to-the-mean election of 2010.

In Wisconsin, the Chief Justice election is all about government employee unions.  Yet the outcome will surely affect criminal law.  As of 9:00 a.m., WPR reports, incumbent CJ David Prosser was a mere 800 votes ahead.

Update:  With all precincts reporting, Jay Sorgi of AP reports, "The race between Justice David Prosser and challenger JoAnne Kloppenburg was officially too close to call, but unofficially, JoAnne Kloppenburg has a 204 vote lead.  Final, official results could vary and a recount appeared likely. "

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Not sure, but the "unusual leftward tilt" from '06-'08 may have exclusively been political, i.e., we elected democrats because of Rep. Foley (aggressive homosexual), Sen. Craig (indescribable), etc.

In checking Gallup polls, at least respecting abortion, the death penalty, religion, & unions, one finds no disturbance in the conservative or "center-right" nature of America's values during those years or currently, for that matter.

e.g. http://www.gallup.com/poll/122744/Labor-Unions-Sharp-Slide-Public-Support.aspx

Judge Prosser is now up 40 votes over Kloppenburg.

Whoops! Another 7,000 votes for Prosser!

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