Impact of Bradley’s student columns rests with undecideds

Bradley beats Kloppenburg in Supreme Court race

Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Rebecca Bradley spent much of last week apologizing as opponents dredged up opinion pieces from her college days railing against homosexual AIDS victims, Bill Clinton supporters and abortion.

As she runs for a full 10-year term in the April 5 election, the writings are unlikely to erode her existing support.

The real question is whether they will affect voters who don’t know much about her or her opponent, JoAnne Kloppenburg. And that’s a lot of people — around 60 percent of registered voters according to a Marquette poll last month.

But University of Wisconsin-Madison political science professor Ryan Owens said voters overall tend to be forgiving for statements made a long time ago.