Liberals gain control of the Wisconsin Supreme Court for the first time in 15 years

Janet Protasiewicz, a judge on the Milwaukee County Circuit Court, has defeated conservative justice Dan Kelly in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election. Protasiewicz’s victory carries a significant political impact, giving liberals their first majority on the state’s highest court in 15 years. Protasiewicz emphasized her pro choice position on abortion rights throughout her campaign, a strategy used by many Democratic candidates in the recent midterm elections. Protasiewicz’s electoral success suggests that this Democratic strategy will continue to pay off and will likely be a central theme in the upcoming presidential election. The liberal majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court will now have the chance to rule on many key issues in the coming years including abortion rights, the state’s gerrymandered legislative maps and election administration — including, potentially, the outcome of the 2024 presidential race in the heavily contested battleground state.

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