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Supreme Court primary looms

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UNDATED (WSAU)   With a week to go until the primary, State Supreme Court Justice Pat Roggensack still has a big financial edge over her two challengers. New reports filed yesterday show that Roggensack raised over $200,000 since the start of the year – and she had $219,000 in her war-chest as of February 4th. Marquette law professor Ed Fallone only had about a-third of that amount on hand, almost $64,000. And he raised $75,000 in the previous five weeks. Milwaukee lemon law attorney Vince Megna did not raise any money this year, and he has about $5,300 on hand.

Roggensack’s money allowed her to run a campaign T-V ad – and the conservative Club for Growth has also run an ad on her behalf. Roggensack is part of the Supreme Court’s four-member conservative majority, while Megna makes no bones about the fact that he’s trying to tilt the state’s highest court to the left. But the Democrats who’ve made endorsements are backing Fallone – including former U-S Senator Russ Feingold and former House Democrat David Obey. Megna told the A-P that he hates asking people for money, but he agrees it would be necessary once the primary’s over. He has the smallest number of endorsements, mostly from consumer groups. Megna has put $10,000 of his own money into the race.

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