Why progressives have to worry about a top-two lockout in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race

Why progressives have to worry about a top-two lockout in Wisconsin’s Supreme Court race

Court of Appeals Judge Pedro Colón tells WisPolitics that he’s considering a bid for the Wisconsin Supreme Court, making him the third liberal candidate to express interest in next year’s open-seat race following progressive Justice Ann Walsh Bradley’s retirement announcement on Thursday.

Two other liberal judges, Chris Taylor and Susan Crawford, had previously said they were considering bids. Meanwhile, one conservative, former Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel, is already running, and another, Appeals Court Judge Maria Lazar, says she might join him. However, former Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly, who badly lost a comeback bid last year, informs WisPolitics he has “absolutely no intention of running whatsoever.”

Both sides, however, will need to be on guard against getting locked out of the general election. That’s because Wisconsin will hold an officially nonpartisan primary on Feb. 18, when all candidates will run together on a single ballot. The top two vote-getters will then advance to an April 1 general election, which means it’s possible that two liberals or two conservatives could face off in the second round of voting.

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