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While NPR will cover Wisconsin's 2016 Presidential Preference voting, and you can listen to the coverage on our special Elections 2016 page beginning at 8 p.m.

However, there are many local elections and issues that may not get national attention.

WNIJ News recognizes that a significant number of our listeners come from "north of the border," so we have provided links to election results for counties within our listening range in Wisconsin.

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Bernie Sanders swept all three Democratic caucuses that were held on Saturday, according to the Associated Press.

He took each state by a striking margin. In Washington state — the biggest prize for Sanders, where 101 pledged delegates were up for grabs — Sanders won with 73 percent of the vote.

In Alaska, with 16 pledged delegates were at stake, Sanders won with 82 percent; and in Hawaii, with 25 delegates, the senator from Vermont won with 70 percent.

Voters in Wisconsin can begin casting ballots in the presidential race. A Wisconsin state Supreme Court seat is also at stake in the state's April 5th primary.

This is the first presidential election where voters will be required to show photo identification in order to cast their ballots. Early voting runs through 5 p.m. on April first.

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Illinois U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk has become the first Republican senator to break with party leaders and call for a vote on President Barack Obama's Supreme Court pick. 

Kirk said in an interview on Chicago radio station WLS the Senate should “man up and cast a vote.'' 

Last Wednesday, President Obama nominated U.S. Appeals Court Judge Merrick Garland to fill the vacancy created by Justice Antonin Scalia's death in February.

Kirk faces a difficult re-election fight this fall against Tammy Duckworth in a Democratic-leaning state. 

Republican Senators don't argue about Judge Merrick Garland's qualifications to be the next Supreme Court Justice. Garland is the chief judge of the U.S Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.

They dislike that President Obama nominated him during an election year, during his last year in office, and that the moderate Garland would replace conservative icon Antonin Scalia.

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