Dead Heat In Wis. Supreme Court Race

Tuesday's election for a Wisconsin Supreme Court judge is seen as a test of sentiment over the Republican governor's recent law stripping public employees unions of collective bargaining rights. The conservative-leaning incumbent is locked in a dead heat with his more liberal challenger — who, supporters believe, might vote to strike down the law when legal challenges reach the state's high court.

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We also have an update on the budget battle in Wisconsin. Republican Governor Scott Walker used his state's deficit as grounds to push through a law stripping public employee unions of collective bargaining rights. His move sparked weeks of protest. And yesterday Wisconsin voters had a chance, indirectly, to give their views.

They cast ballots for a judge on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, a body that is likely to rule on the legality of the new law. The incumbent judge is David Prosser. He was initially seen as likely to win reelection easily, but after opponents linked him to Governor Walker, he faced a tough fight from his challenger, Joanne Kloppenburg. Outside groups have spent money on this race, and yesterday's voting was extremely close. The incumbent Prosser leads by a few hundred votes but is telling voters to expect a recount.

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