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New poll shows WI Supreme Court race is a dead heat

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MILWAUKEE (WQOW) -- While a new Marquette University Law School poll shows Justice Rebecca Bradley and Judge JoAnne Kloppenburg tied in the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, the biggest takeaway is that 31 percent of voters are still undecided less than six weeks to election day.

The two candidates are tied at 30 percent apiece, with a lot of room to grow before April 5.

Adding to the uncertainty is whether or not both parties will have competitive presidential primaries producing high turnout or if the races are decided by then - bringing fewer voters to the polls.    

One thing that seems certain is a lot of money will be spent between now and election day in an attempt to sway all of those undecided voters.

"It certainly shows that more attention to the race - advertising from third party groups or the candidates themselves might (spend), but mostly third party groups. It certainly shows that there's a lot for voters to learn and focus on this race," said Dr. Charles Franklin, director of the Marquette Law School Poll.

Meanwhile, in the controversy over whether a U.S. Supreme Court nominee should be confirmed to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia this year, 51 percent of Wisconsin voters say yes. 40 percent believe any confirmation should he delayed until 2017 when a new President is in place.

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