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Poll: Wisconsin residents want Scalia seat filled on court

By SCOTT BAUER
Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A new poll shows a majority of Wisconsin residents want there to be a vote on a replacement for U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia this year.

The Marquette University Law School poll released Thursday shows 51 percent of respondents want the U.S. Senate to vote on a replacement this year. Forty percent want the Senate to wait until 2017.

The vacancy has become an issue in Wisconsin’s Senate race, with Republican incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson opposing action this year and Democratic challenger Russ Feingold wanting Obama to nominate someone this year.

The poll shows Feingold leading Johnson 49 percent to 37 percent.

The poll of 802 registered voters was conducted between Feb. 18 and Sunday and had a margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points.

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