Supreme Court Justice David T. Prosser, the incumbent, and Assistant Attorney General JoAnne F. Kloppenburg were the top two vote-getters in Tuesday’s primary. They will square off in the general election on April 5.
Prosser and Kloppenburg, both beneficiaries of public financing, easily moved on with 55 and 25 percent of the vote, respectively.
Marla J. Stephens, the lone candidate to rely on private fundraising, finished third with 11 percent, and Madison attorney Joel B. Winnig tallied 9 percent.
Prosser and Kloppenburg will advance to the April 5 general election. The winner of that race gets a 10-year term on the court.
The separation in the Supreme Court race was an anomaly as many of the other seven judicial races were extremely tight, including the lone battle in Milwaukee County where incumbent Judge Pedro Colon advanced.