05 April, 2018
Liberal candidate and a Milwaukee County judge, Rebecca Dallet who received the backing of former Vice President Joe Biden and support of former attorney general Eric Holder's National Democratic Redistricting Committee, was proclaimed the victor in Wisconsin State Supreme Court race Tuesday night.
Liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet wins Wisconsin Supreme Court elections.
Dallet said via Twitter that she wanted to serve her state in a big way and show her daughters that "it's important to fight with everything we have". "Today, the voters of Wisconsin took a critical first step toward a state government that better reflects their needs and interests". Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms.
Liberal Milwaukee judge Rebecca Dallet trounced conservative opponent Michael Screnock by 12 points in the election, fueling optimism among Democrats for more wins in the midterms.
Dallet said her victory, which Democrats quickly seized on as another sign of momentum, was a rejection of special-interest influence on Wisconsin's Supreme Court. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, former Vice President Joe Biden recording robocalls and a group run by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dumping half a million dollars into the contest.
Although the race was viewed by some as a bellwether, results of past Supreme Court elections have not consistently proven to be predictive of what will happen in November.More news: China launches crude oil futures
"I don't think Republicans can walk around and just blow this off", said Brandon Scholz, a longtime Republican strategist who has worked on Supreme Court campaigns. Her win narrows the pro-Walker conservative majority on the court to 4 to 3 - and marks the first win by a liberal to an open seat since 1995.
Gov. Scott Walker, who appointed Screnock to the Sauk County Circuit Court, also endorsed him. 'I think people are exhausted of what's been going on in our state in terms of the money coming in to buy these elections and people spoke out tonight'. There are now six women on the seven member court.
Voters who supported Dallet said they hoped her win would send a message.
Holder, who sued to force Walker to call the two upcoming legislative special elections, said the Dallet win was really about Walker. But even before Dallet's victory, a state senate election hinted at Democratic surge, as Democrat Patty Schachtner won a seat that had been held by a Republican for 17 years.
Both candidates argue the other can't be trusted to serve as an independent voice on the state's highest court. Before that he was part of a team that defended Walker's Act 10 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.