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Kloppenburg wins Vernon County in Supreme Court contest
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Vernon County’s results paralled those of the state Feb. 16 during the primary election,  with state Appeals Court judge JoAnne Kloppenburg and incumbent Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley both advancing to the April election.

Kloppenburg led in county voting, picking up 1,577 votes, according to figures released by the Vernon County Clerk’s office in Viroqua. Bradley placed second with 1,020 votes.  Milwaukee Circuit Court Judge Joe Donald garnered only 138 votes county-wide, including no votes at all in Liberty, Webster and Whitestown townships, as well as the Village of Chaseburg.

Statewide, Bradley, who Gov. Scott Walker named to the bench in October following the death of Justice Patrick Crooks, barely edged Kloppenburg, 45% to 43%.

In the City of Hillsboro, Bradley edged Kloppenburg, 44 votes to 41. Hillsboro township posted similar results, with 28 votes for Bradley and  25 for Kloppenburg.

The cities of Viroqua and Westby threw their support to Kloppenburg. as did the villages of Coon Valley, De Soto, La Farge, Ontario, Readstown and Stoddard. In the village of Viola, the candidates tied with eight votes apiece.

The towns of Clinton and Sterling were the only other townships besides Hillsboro to support Bradley, the conservative-leaning candidate. All other townships in the county swung toward Kloppenburg, who is considered a liberal.

The results of the April election will not change the court’s conservative-leaning majority.