Wisconsin Supreme Court hopefuls close in fundraising

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Two judges vying for a spot on the state Supreme Court raised roughly the same amount of money during the last half of 2018.

State Appeals Court Chief Judge Lisa Neubauer issued a news release Thursday saying she raised around $325,000 and had more than $570,000 on hand as of Jan. 1. The release didn't offer exact figures.

Neubauer's campaign manager, Tyler Hendricks, didn't immediately respond to an email.

State Appeals Court Judge Brian Hagedorn released a report Thursday that shows he raised $310,629 over the period and had $281,089 on hand.

Neubauer and Hagedorn are battling to replace retiring Justice Shirley Abrahamson in an April 2 election. The race is officially nonpartisan but liberals are backing Neubauer and conservatives support Hagedorn.