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Hagedorn launches ad hours before Supreme Court debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Brian Hagedorn is launching a new television ad branding his opponent Lisa Neubauer a tool for liberal groups hours before the two are scheduled to debate.

Hagedorn’s campaign adviser, Stephan Thompson, announced the ad on Friday morning. Hagedorn is scheduled to debate Neubauer at 6:30 p.m. in Madison.

The spot warns that Neubauer will turn the court into a “political playground” for liberal special interests. Thompson says the ad will run statewide but isn’t saying how much it will cost.

Hagedorn and Neubauer are vying to replace the retiring liberal Justice Shirley Abrahamson in the April 2 election. The race is officially nonpartisan but conservatives back Hagedorn and liberals support Neubauer.

Conservatives now control the court 4-3. A victory by Neubauer would give liberals a chance at controlling the court in 2020.

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