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Justice Beth Clement leading Supreme Court race

Posted at 12:59 PM, Nov 07, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-07 12:59:55-05

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement is leading a six-candidate field for two seats on the state's highest court.

Nearly 95 percent of votes have been counted.

The top two finishers get black robes.

Justice Kurtis Wilder and appellate lawyer Megan Cavanagh are battling for the second spot. Cavanagh, a Democrat, is the daughter of former Justice Michael Cavanagh.

With Clement and Wilder, Republicans have a 5-2 majority on the Supreme Court, though candidates aren't identified by party on the ballot.

University of Michigan law professor Sam Bagenstos was far behind in fourth place and threw in the towel - literally.

After a long campaign, he says it's time for him to do some "deferred laundry."