Democrats, with a president about to announce for reelection with his job-approval ratings stuck in the low-to-mid-40s, and defending a thin 51-49 majority in the Senate, already have a lot to worry about. A strong chance of a recession hitting about the time the election year arrives just compounds those concerns.

But right this moment, the worries are piling up on the GOP side. In Wisconsin’s critical state Supreme Court race, unabashed progressive Janet Protasiewicz beat conservative former Justice Daniel Kelly last week by 55 to 45 percent, effectively upending the balance of that court. The Dairy State is very much in the purple category: Donald Trump carried the state in 2016 by three-quarters of a percentage point, Biden prevailed in 2020 by just over six-tenths of a point, and Republican Sen. Ron Johnson won a third term in November by a 1-point margin.

Conservatives have the abortion issue to thank for the uncharacteristically wide margin. On three ballot initiatives completely unrelated to abortion, the conservative side prevailed by big margins. But Protasiewicz centered her campaign around abortion access en

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