Even with the bankrolling of WMC, it will be an uphill battle for them. Why?
Look at what they have to work with. JSOnline has a report about Gableman's latest smear tactic against Butler (emphasis mine):
For instance, Butler pointed to Gableman's statements that Butler has sided with criminals 60% of the time. Butler said he had reviewed all the cases since he joined the bench, and found he upheld criminal convictions 75% of the time.
He positioned himself as a free thinker, one who follows the law and seeks justice. Gableman did the same, but sought to draw contrasts: "I'm a longtime prosecutor, he's a longtime criminal defense attorney."
Gableman said the 60% figure came from a study by an outside group.
"I don't know if the number is 30%, 60%, 80% or 90%," he said, before adding. "I'm unaware of any study that contradicts those numbers."
The Illusory One has more.
And for the record, I am putting the Royal Patent on "The Gableman Gut Check."