A Boon for Democrats as Liberal Wins Wisconsin Supreme Court Race

The Supreme Court election has been an expensive and highly partisan race, with Milwaukee Judge Rebecca Dallet backed by liberals and Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock, an appointee of Republican Gov. Scott Walker, favored by conservatives.

The election swung conservative control of the court from a comfortable 5-2 to a narrow 4-3.

Today, voters in Wisconsin elect that state's next Supreme Court justice.

A FOX6 analysis shows Dallet won 24 counties that President Donald Trump carried in 2016, which includes counties all over the state.

Wisconsin's spring election results from Tuesday night were decidedly liberal. Screnock has attacked Dallet for all the national attention she's getting, saying it doesn't reflect Wisconsin values.

A wild-card factor this year: The election comes during spring break for many Wisconsin school districts. "It demonstrates a strong pull in the direction that Wisconsin could be headed in the fall election".

About an hour after the race was called, Governor Walker tweeted: "Tonight's results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI. Let's share our positive story with voters and win in November". "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".

The Wisconsin governor, who is up for re-election this fall, sent out a tweet warning his fellow Republicans about an impending "blue wave" across the state.

In fact, Screnock's campaign was run by GOP political operatives and fully 40 percent of the money he raised for his own campaign in the officially nonpartisan race came from the state Republican Party. The state Democratic Party machinery worked to help Dallet win and reveled in her victory. Not mentioned was that she imposed the sentence recommended by the prosecution. The ad identified a child crime victim, whose family pleaded with WMC to have it taken down.

Several voters in the state said they were motivated to vote against Screnock because of his NRA support. Voters rejected that proposal 61 percent to 39 percent. In this photo, the U.S. Supreme Court is seen in Washington, DC, Feb. 28, 2018.

A statewide referendum to eliminate the constitutional office of state treasurer - which would have consolidated many statewide powers into Walker's domain - also failed, as voters chose to keep that post intact as a potential check on the governor within the executive branch.

Earlier this month, Walker and legislative leaders abandoned plans to leave two state legislative seats vacant through the end of year, after three judges ruled in separate decisions that this violated state law.

It's the latest in a series of major election victories for Democrats.

In more good news for Democrats, the party's candidates also won special elections on Tuesday for seats in the Rhode Island Senate and, in an upset, the Massachusetts House of Representatives. But this plan was abandoned under pressure.

"I consider a lot of my ideas to be conservative, but I actually think we were leaning heavily too far that way", said Pfeifer.

  • Rogelio Becker