Milwaukee political expert weighs in ahead of 2023 spring primary Feb. 21

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- While a state judicial race typically doesn't attract much national attention, all eyes are on Wisconsin as the 2023 spring primary nears.

On Tuesday, Feb. 21, the results of the election could potentially change the political landscape both in the state and nationwide.

Four candidates are on the ballot for one open seat on Wisconsin’s highest court.

This election will determine the two candidates who will face off during the election April 4.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Professor Emeritus Mordecai Lee said he expects a low voter turnout.

“I mean the turnout might be 10%, 15%, I can’t imagine it’ll be as high as 20%,” Lee said. “Imagine, one out of ten voters are going to decide who these two finalists are.”

Lee said despite the election being nonpartisan, the four running have made it clear which side they’re on.

“This is such an unusual primary because it’s almost like there’s a sub-primary. Who’s going to be the Republican conservative, and a sub- primary, who’s going to be the Democratic liberal,” Lee said.

The question remains: Who will become the majority?

The answer could have major effects on hot topics like abortion access and voting rights.

Results could also play a big role in the 2024 presidential election by potentially determining the state’s electoral college votes.

And with the weight of this election hanging on voters’ shoulders, Lee said he encourages anyone able “to go vote.”

Voting will begin at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m. on Feb 21.

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