Incumbent Justice Pat Roggensack says her primary lead over Marquette University law professor Ed Fallone is indicative of the voters' preference for a seasoned veteran on the state's top court.
"The size of the margin shows that experience makes a difference," Roggensack said.
With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Roggensack led Fallone by a wide margin, 64 percent to 30 percent, respectively.
Fallone admits that he's an "underdog" in the race, but says that voters are certainly looking for a change from the court's recent history of disputes and rancor.
"I'll never have the financial resources of her campaign," Fallone said "But as more people listen to my message, they're going to understand what candidate is going to best move the court forward."
Fallone has repeatedly said that Roggensack has not done enough to ease the tension on the Supreme Court and that a "different personality" is needed to restore order. Roggensack, however, said she has attempted to improve the court's efficiency, especially through the court's finance committee. She also dismisses criticism about her role in the court's high-profile disputes.
"I think we've been there and done that," Roggensack said. "I was not the one behaving inappropriately. That was Justice Bradley and Justice Prosser."
As such, Roggensack said she plans to "take things as they come" in the coming weeks and to continue running a positive campaign that highlights her experience on the bench, something she says defines her from Fallone.
Fallone argues that his 25-year legal career and time as a scholar on constitutional issues will stand up to Roggensack's record. Fallone says that he's moving into the general election "energized."
"What the voters want is to change personalities and that's what I think people are going to focus on," Fallone said.