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The Latest: Holder’s group spending $350,000 on race

March 4, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on Wisconsin Supreme Court race (all times local):

11:55 a.m.

A group run by former Democratic U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder says it plans to spend $350,000 through an affiliate to help get liberal-backed candidate Lisa Neubauer elected to the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

The National Democratic Redistricting Committee announced the spending on Monday. It came just hours after Neubauer released her first television ad of the campaign.

Neubauer faces fellow state appeals court judge Brian Hagedorn in the April 2 election.

Holder says he plans to be in Wisconsin next week to “meet with local activists, young people, and people of color.”

Holder also visited Wisconsin last year and spent money to help elect Rebecca Dallet to the Supreme Court.

Conservatives have a 4-3 majority, but if Neubauer wins and there’s a liberal victory in a race next year, control would flip.

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7 a.m.

Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Lisa Neubauer is emphasizing endorsements she’s received from more than 330 current and former judges in her first television ad of the race.

Neubauer’s spot released Monday is running in Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Wausau and La Crosse markets. Her campaign says it’s a six-figure buy.

Neubauer faces fellow state appeals court judge Brian Hagedorn in the April 2 election.

She touts in the ad that she’s received backing from 98 percent of the judges who have endorsed in the race so far. Hagedorn’s website lists endorsements from just two current Supreme Court justices and three retired justices.

Neubauer is backed by liberals while Hagedorn has conservative support.

Hagedorn launched his first ad last month, focused on his family’s adoption of a girl addicted to opioids.

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