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Polls close in Wisconsin elections

Published On: Apr 02 2013 06:40:51 AM CDT   Updated On: Apr 02 2013 05:27:00 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. -

Polls have closed in Wisconsin elections, with incumbents favored in statewide races for the Supreme Court and state schools superintendent.

Justice Pat Roggensack and Tony Evers, the incumbent superintendent, held very early leads in their respective races.

Roggensack is being challenged by Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone for a 10-year term on the state's highest court. Roggensack is generally viewed as part of the four-justice conservative majority on the court.

Fallone argues Roggensack needs to be replaced because the Supreme Court is dysfunctional and catering to special interests. But Roggensack outraised Fallone and has had conservative outside groups run television ads on her behalf.

Evers faces Republican state Rep. Don Pridemore in the race to head the state Department of Public Instruction. Evers is seeking a second term in the post.

Evers has the backing of several Democratic officeholders and unions, including the one representing teachers. Evers has outraised Pridemore, who did not run any television ads.

Both races are officially nonpartisan.

Turnout was expected to be about 20 percent.

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