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05 April 2018, 12:35 | Rufus Hill
Progressive Judge Wins Big in Wisconsin Special Election
After the Democratic-backed Wisconsin state Supreme Court candidate pulled off a double-digit victory over her GOP rival on Tuesday evening, Gov. Scott Walker warned his state that a "blue wave" of the "Far Left" was imminent in November and encouraged Republicans to "counter it with optimism and organization".
Walker's comments came after liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet overcame conservative Judge Michael Screnock in the race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat on Tuesday night.
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".
The race drew national attention, mostly from big-name Democrats from around the country who saw it as an opportunity build momentum before the general election in November.
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Screnock, meanwhile, argued Dallet's overtures to Democrats showed she would be an "activist" on the court, but Screnock himself received $300,000 from the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the most a political party has ever spent on a Supreme Court candidate in the state's history. Liberal candidate Rebecca Dallet was backed by former Vice-President Joe Biden and a host of other Democratic office holders.
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.
The 48-year-old Dallet won the seat being vacated by Justice Michael Gableman, a key member of the court's conservative majority. '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'.
Dallet has been a Milwaukee County circuit judge since 2008 and prior to that was a prosecutor for more than a decade. Her win also comes after a surprise Democratic victory in a special state Senate election that had been under Republican control for 17 years and that Trump carried.
"I think my message resonated with Wisconsinites", Dallet told supporters in Milwaukee Tuesday night.
Holder, who sued to force Walker to call the two upcoming legislative special elections, said the Dallet win was really about Walker.
Screnock was appointed judge by Walker in 2015. Before that he was part of a team that defended Walker's Act 10 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.
Dallet's victory was also the first time a liberal candidate won a race for an open seat on the court since 1995.
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