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Wisconsin justice hopefuls to gather for first debate

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Dan Kelly will square off next month against his two challengers in their first debate.

Kelly, Jill Karofsky and Ed Fallone are scheduled to appear at a debate at the Foley and Lardner law firm’s Madison offices on Nov. 19. The three candidates will face off in a February primary. The top two vote-getters will advance to the general election in April.

Former Gov. Scott Walker appointed Kelly to the court in 2016 to finish out the term of Justice David Prosser, who decided to retire. Karofsky is a Dane County judge. Fallone is a Marquette University law professor. Supreme Court races are officially non-partisan but Republicans support Kelly and Democrats back Karofsky and Fallone.

The election could serve as an indicator of Republicans’ chances throughout the state heading into the fall election season.

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