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BURNS BACKER SAYS HE NEVER ENDORSED DALLET IN COURT RACE

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Supreme Court candidate Rebecca Dallet removed the name of a retired appeals court judge from the list of those endorsing her campaign Thursday after the judge told The Associated Press he was "shocked" to see his name as a backer.

Retired Judge Edward Brunner said he's been a "solid supporter" of Dallet challenger Tim Burns, a Madison attorney, from the beginning and he never told Dallet he would endorse her. 

Endorsements typically take on greater importance in judicial races where the candidates usually avoid talking in depth about issues that may come before the court.

Burns has largely broken with that model, taking more partisan stances in the race that include labeling President Donald Trump as a "demagogue," criticizing Gov. Scott Walker's Act 10 law that stripped public employees of collective bargaining rights and saying that conservative judges have chipped away at laws protecting democracy and the middle class.