Associated Press

MADISON — The field is set for this spring’s state Supreme Court race.

State Appeals Court Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer and state appellate Judge Brian Hagedorn are vying to replace retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson.

The deadline for filing nomination signatures was 5 p.m. Wednesday. Neubauer filed hers Dec. 20. Hagedorn filed his Wednesday morning. No one else filed by the deadline, eliminating the need for a primary. The general election is set for 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.

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