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Local political expert on how upcoming Wisconsin Supreme Court election could affect the state's abortion law

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MENOMONIE (WQOW) - The Wisconsin Supreme Court election is April 4, with one seat up for grabs. A local political expert said it's not usually a contentious race, but this year, the overturn of Roe v. Wade has put it on the map.

Though it's typically a nonpartisan election there are two conservative and two liberal candidates in the primary. In April, that will be down to two candidates in total.

Pro-choice activists took to the streets in Madison on January 22, saying the election gives them hope that Wisconsin's pre-Civil War law banning abortion could be changed or repealed if a progressive candidate is elected.

Those against abortion hope a conservative candidate could cement the ban if it is brought into question.

That's because Attorney General Josh Kaul recently filed a lawsuit claiming the 1849 ban is nullified by laws passed in the state since then.

"It's interpreting state law in front of a judge on a very emotional issue," said Rich Postlewaite, a social science professor at UW-Stout.

Postlewaite said another progressive candidate on the Court, which currently has a 4-3 conservative majority, would help get that lawsuit to the governor.

He said spring elections typically have a very low turnout, but with abortion on the ballot, more voters may be mobilized this April.

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