Conservative Judge Advances In State Supreme Court Push

( )- One of Donald Trump’s allies who helped Republicans with their legal attempts to overturn the 2020 presidential election has made it to the main election for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. 

Justice Daniel Kelly, who resigned from the Wisconsin Supreme Court, has advanced to the runoff election for the vacancy. With Milwaukee County Judge Janet Protasiewicz, a socialist, Kelly received the second-most votes in Wisconsin on Tuesday’s primary balloting. 

Kelly is linked to a plot by the former president’s supporters to change the outcome of the 2020 election there by using “fake electors.” According to a poll conducted by The Associated Press, he was one of two candidates who made it through Tuesday’s Supreme Court primary. 

In the nonpartisan primary, voters in Wisconsin could choose between two conservatives and two liberals. The composition of the court might have far-reaching consequences in the 2024 election. 

There is a conservative 4-3 majority on the Wisconsin Supreme Court at the moment, but conservative Supreme Court Justice Patience Roggensack is retiring, giving Protasiewicz an opportunity to shift the court’s ideological makeup. 

Kelly was chosen by former Republican governor Scott Walker to spend the remainder of Justice David Prosser’s tenure on the Wisconsin Supreme Court from 2016 to 2020. 

The former justice lost her 2020 bid for a ten-year term to the incumbent, Jill Karofsky. 

Pro-life groups have publicly backed Kelly because they anticipate abortion to be a future issue before the state supreme court. 

Kelly was one of two conservative candidates in the primary election; the other was Waukesha County Circuit Judge Jennifer Dorow, who is well-known in Wisconsin for presiding over the criminal trial of Darrell Brooks, who was convicted last year of killing six people at a Waukesha Christmas parade in 2021 when he crashed his SUV into the crowd. 

On April 4, there will be a general election.