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Bad weather not causing election problems

WAUSAU, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the Wisconsin Supreme Court election (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

A spring storm that's dumping snow across central Wisconsin isn't causing any known problems in an election for a new state Supreme Court justice.

Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said that as of midday Tuesday the commission was not aware of any access issues being caused by the snow storm.

Liberal candidate Rebecca Dallet is taking on conservative Michael Screnock for a 10-year term on the court. The race has become a partisan slugfest, with national Democrats spending money and giving endorsements in an effort to win the seat over the GOP-backed Screnock.

Turnout in Madison was strong in the morning as a cold rain fell across the reliably liberal capital city. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says 14 percent of registered voters had cast ballots by 11 a.m., putting the county on pace for 50 percent turnout. The statewide average is about 21 percent.

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11:15 a.m.

Voters supporting the conservative candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court say they cast their ballots with the Second Amendment in mind.

Tuesday's election between conservative Michael Screnock and liberal Rebecca Dallet has drawn national attention because its results can gauge voters' mood ahead of the midterms.

Sixty-year-old voter Michael George, of Brookfield, says he likes that Screnock supports gun rights because "that's what we need right now."

The National Rifle Association has endorsed Screnock.

Another Screnock supporter from Brookfield, 37-year-old Vincent Bortolotti, says he voted for Screnock for "his conservative values" and thinks the election results will show a favorable trend for state Republican candidates in the midterms.

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9:45 a.m.

Supporters of the liberal candidate for the Wisconsin Supreme Court say they are motivated to send a message to President Donald Trump and the National Rifle Association.

The NRA has endorsed conservative candidate Michael Screnock in Tuesday's election. Liberal candidate Rebecca Dallet was backed by former Vice President Joe Biden and a host of other Democratic office holders.

Voter Doug Clawson, of Madison, says he voted for Dallet to send a message to Trump and Republicans that "we're going to take our country back."

Phil Ouellette (EW-let), also of Madison, says he was turned off by the NRA's backing of Screnock. Ouellette says "I don't want to support anyone who's backed by the NRA right now."

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8:45 a.m.

A spring snowstorm could be a player in Wisconsin's election day.

Voters statewide are deciding on a new Supreme Court justice, deciding whether to eliminate the state treasurer and taking on a host of local issues.

But getting to the polls won't be easy for some people. Up to 10 inches (25 centimeters) of snow is expected in the central part of the state. Dozens of schools are already canceling classes.

Turnout is usually around 21 percent for Wisconsin's spring election.

The Supreme Court election has been an expensive and highly partisan race, with Milwaukee Judge Rebecca Dallet backed by liberals and Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock, an appointee of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, favored by conservatives.

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7:10 a.m.

Polls are open in the Wisconsin race for the state Supreme Court.

Voters are casting their ballots Tuesday in the race between Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock for a 10-year term on the high court.

Dallet drew the support of national Democrats, including former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and former Vice President Joe Biden. Biden recorded a robocall for Dallet that went out on Monday night encouraging people to vote for her.

Screnock was the conservative choice — an appointee of Republican Gov. Scott Walker who had the backing of the state GOP and the state chamber of commerce.

Both candidates argue the other can't be trusted to serve as an independent voice on the state's highest court.

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12:03 a.m.

An expensive and openly partisan Wisconsin Supreme Court race is nearing an end.

Voters cast their ballots Tuesday in the race between Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet and Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock for a 10-year term on the high court.

The state's spring election is capping weeks of intense campaigning. Dallet drew the support of liberals including former Attorney General Eric Holder and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Screnock was the conservative choice — an appointee of Republican Gov. Scott Walker who had the backing of the state GOP and the state chamber of commerce.

Both candidates argued the other couldn't be trusted to serve as an independent voice on the state's highest court.

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