Dallet wins state Supreme Court seat

Dallet wins state Supreme Court seat

Dallet wins state Supreme Court seat

The losing candidate for Wisconsin Supreme Court is blaming his defeat on liberal special interests that backed his opponent. Screnock conceded the race, and results continued to trickle in late Tuesday showing Dallet with a double-digit lead. The question now is whether Democratic momentum in a nationalized election will change that. It's the first time a liberal candidate has won an open seat for Wisconsin Supreme Court since 1995.

For his part, Screnock said he was focusing his race entirely on Wisconsin and didn't understand why a figure like Biden would be weighing in on the race.

Both candidates were backed by partisans.

Liberal Rebecca Dallet says her victory in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race over conservative Michael Screnock shows that voters are exhausted of special interests and want to have a "fair and independent court".

Republicans attempted to turn Dallet's liberal support against her. Walker had endorsed Screnock. The state Democratic Party machinery worked to help Dallet win and reveled in her victory.

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On April 5, 2011, Court of Appeals Judge Joanne Kloppenburg challenged incumbent Supreme Court Justice David Prosser for a 10-year term on the Court. Following the results, Republican Governor Scott Walker also issued a statement, warning his fellow Republicans. Dallet told Screnock they wouldn't just give that money away without expectations. Conservatives have done a good job at winning seats one by one.

The Brennan Center's counsel, Douglas Keith, critiqued the national involvement in the race, telling the Marshall Project "the more national attention and endorsements that come into this race, the more it looks like any other political contest". That was almost a complete reversal from 2016 when Donald Trump carried the county, 52-41, in the presidential race.

Jan Rudd voted for Trump in November 2016 and on Tuesday for Screnock, a Sauk County circuit judge. After a brief stint as Milwaukee County's chief court commissioner, she was elected as a judge in 2008 and re-elected in 2014.

Fraley said his party needed to understand that the "honeymoon" was over after sweeping Wisconsin's elections in 2016.

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Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock.

Turnout in Madison was strong in the morning as a cold rain fell across the reliably liberal capital city. The average of all spring elections since 2000 was 19 percent.

The National Rifle Association has endorsed Screnock.

Nelson did say that she thought there was a lot of interest in the Supreme Court race and that it seemed to her that Democrats had an enthusiasm edge on Republicans. Their efforts, a party spokeswoman said, surpassed anything they'd done in a spring election.

November's election will be different that Tuesday in at least two ways.

"This certainly re-enforces the notion that in the Governor's phrase, We are seeing a blue wave building but we're not certain of how big it will be", Director of the Marquette Law School Poll, Charles Franklin said.

Screnock, who acknowledged his past as a protester, said Dallet was the real activist in the race and he could be an honest broker.

Doug Clawson, 58, a communications professional who cast his ballot at a Madison public library, said, "People are pretty motivated on the left, from what I can see". The Election Day will be on June 12th.

Wisconsin voters also rejected a statewide referendum question on whether to eliminate the office of State Treasurer, which has been largely stripped of official duties.

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