As often happens in Wisconsin elections, the races regarding the Supreme Court is a mixed bag, but overall positive.
|Ann Walsh Bradley (inc)||468,322||58%|
Elect Chief Justice
Bradley’s win is not a surprise. Daley was a flawed candidate for a variety of reasons and the conservatives had a hard time getting behind him. He was the better choice than Bradley, but couldn’t get the support to overcome such a strong incumbent.
The constitutional change to make the chief justice elected by his or her peers instead of being a mark of tenure is a wonderful win. It’s not a huge thing, but it injects a bit more sense into that institution. While it will be gratifying to see Chief Justice Abrahamson ousted from her perch, the long term positive effect of the change is more important.
As a whole, the Bradley win is a wash. It was a vote for the status quo and nothing changes there. The constitutional change is a good thing, so as a whole, it’s a net positive.