Primary to narrow 7-candidate field for state schools chief

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MADISON, Wis. — Voters will narrow the field of seven candidates seeking to become Wisconsin’s top education official.

A primary on Tuesday pits a conservative-backed candidate who says she’s a Democrat against six others with more Democratic support. The top two vote-getters on Tuesday in the officially nonpartisan race to be secretary of the Department of Public Instruction will advance to the April 6 general election.

Polls are open statewide Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. State election officials expect turnout to be low for the race, which is the only statewide contest on the ballot.

There are also two Republican primaries for open legislative seats.