Republicans Fear Blue Wave After Progressive Is Elected To Wisconsin Supreme Ct
Wisconsin Republicans are feeling unsettled after Democrats scored another big win in the state: liberal judge Rebecca Dallet overpowered conservative judge Michael Screnock to become the sixth woman on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Governor Scott Walker, who had endorsed Screnock, issued a warning to his fellow Republicans.
"Tonight's results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI," Walker, who is up for re-election in November, tweeted. "Big government special interests flooded Wisconsin with distorted facts & misinformation. Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms."
In a state where President Donald Trump won by less than 1 percentage point, unofficial results indicated that Dallet won by 12 points.
Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairwoman Martha Laning said the win was a warning shot to Walker, calling it a "huge loss" for him because his "endorsement, philosophy and politics were on the ballot."
Dallet's victory follows a surprising Democratic win in January in a special election for a state Senate seat held by Republicans for 17 years — an outcome that Walker said then was a "wake-up call" for his party.
Screnock blamed his loss on outside liberal interest groups, but Dallet called her victory a rejection of the influence special interests have on the state’s highest court.
"The candidate with the most experience in our courts and standing up for the fairness of our courts won," she said. "I think people are tired 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."