Bice: Supreme Court poll shows race wide open

Among respondents who had an opinion, Burns, a Madison attorney, and Milwaukee County Circuit Judge Rebecca Dallet were tied at 7%, and Sauk County Circuit Judge Michael Screnock was at 4%. 

The top two finishers go on to compete in the April general election for the nonpartisan position. Burns is running as a liberal candidate, Dallet as a moderate and Screnock a conservative.

When those conducting the interviews in the Burns-funded survey read short biographies for the three candidates, Burns moved in front. Burns had 36% of the vote, while Dallet was at 23% and Screnock at 22%. 

"A major factor in Tim's strong showing as the progressive Democrat in the race is the current political climate," said the poll memo by San Francisco-based Tulchin Research.

Burns' team touted the poll as proof that he has "the strongest path to victory."