Headline RoundupApril 6th, 2023

The National Implications of Wisconsin's State Supreme Court Election

Summary from the AllSides News Team

Janet Protasiewicz was voted onto the Wisconsin Supreme Court this week, flipping the state’s highest court to liberal control for the first time in 15 years. The election results sparked speculation across the spectrum regarding its impact at the federal level. 

Biden’s 2024 Roadmap: An analysis in Newsweek determined that the results of the Wisconsin election provides a roadmap for Biden’s reelection campaign. With a focus on abortion rights and public safety, the analysis concludes that “Biden may have found a path to securing a second term.”

Bad News For Trump: A piece in the Washington Examiner determined that the Wisconsin election was a larger blow to Donald Trump than the charges he was indicted for this week. The piece outlines Trump’s attempts in 2020 to overturn the election results in Wisconsin, an effort aided by Protasiewicz’s opponent, Justice Dan Kelly. The piece determines the results “make Trump's path back to the White House more difficult.”

National Balance of Power: A writer in MSNBC stated that Protasiewicz’s win could allow Democrats in Wisconsin to undo “extreme gerrymanders” in the state favoring Republicans. Additionally, the writer determined Wisconsin to be a battleground state in 2024, stating that the state Supreme Court’s ideological makeup could prove crucial should there be challenges to election results similar to 2020, writing, “the presidential election could come down to how the state’s Supreme Court rules on challenges to state election laws.”

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