Deadline for state Supreme Court candidacies looms

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The deadline for candidates to file nomination signatures for a state Supreme Court run this spring is fast approaching.

State Appeals Court Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer and state appellate Judge Brian Hagedorn are vying to replace retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson. They're the only two candidates registered to run with the state Elections Commission so far.

The deadline for filing nomination signatures is 5 p.m. Wednesday. Neubauer filed her papers on Dec. 20. Hagedorn filed his Wednesday morning.

The primary is scheduled for Feb. 19 if necessary. The general election will follow on April 2.

State Supreme Court justices are officially nonpartisan, but four conservative-leaning justices currently control the court. Abrahamson is part of a three-justice liberal-leaning minority.

Liberals are backing Neubauer. Conservatives are lining up behind Hagedorn.