Wisconsin's GOP governor Cautions of 'Blue Wave' as liberal wins Dad seat

Posted April 05, 2018

Scott Walker is warning of a possible Democratic wave in November after the liberal candidate for state Supreme Court thumped her conservative opponent.

Liberal Rebecca Dallet has easily defeated conservative Michael Screnock in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race seen as the latest bellwether of voter attitudes ahead of the November election.

In his fundraising email, Walker said "the results show something very troubling - we are at risk of a Blue Wave in Wisconsin".

Those same "Big government special interests" that flooded Wisconsin with "distorted facts and misinformation" will next employ their winning strategy against him, he predicted. Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms.

Screnock, meanwhile, positioned himself as a conservative, receiving support from the state's Republican Party and the NRA. Dallet-who received support from former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, former Vice President Joe Biden, and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker-ran attack ads on President Donald Trump.

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With the win, she will replace outgoing conservative Justice Michael Gableman, bringing the court's 5-2 conservative majority down to 4-3.

Speaking about her win, Dallet told the Washington Post, "The candidate with the most experience in our courts and standing up for the fairness of our courts won".

Dallet has been a Milwaukee County circuit judge since 2008 and prior to that was a prosecutor for more than a decade. She also becomes the sixth woman on the seven-member court. "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". It was the first time a non-incumbent liberal candidate won a seat in over 20 years.

Dallet's win in the elections also shows that things are turning out to be in favor of the Democrats nationwide, especially in Wisconsin.

Democrats, who have been starved for electoral victories since Walker and Republicans swept into power in 2010 amid a national recession, were quick to celebrate the win as a sign Walker's days as governor are numbered.

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Voter Doug Clawson, of Madison, says he voted for Dallet to send a message to Trump and Republicans that "we're going to take our country back".

Screnock, 48, was appointed judge by Walker in 2015.

As a private attorney, Screnock defended Walker's collective bargaining law and the Republican-drawn redistricting plan that is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.

While state Supreme Court justices are nonpartisan, the race was highly politicized, with candidates and supporters on both sides finding ways to turn it into a referendum on the opposing party.

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