Who is Rebecca Dallet? Liberal Judge Wins Wisconsin Supreme Court Elections

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Although candidates technically do not have party affiliation, the state party can work on the candidate's behalf.

Though some Republicans pinned Dallet's win on massive turnout in liberal Dane County, Dallet still ran a competitive race outside of liberal centers of the state. "It was the first time in 23 years that a liberal candidate who wasn't an incumbent won a seat on the high court".

Walker says the results show "we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI".

On Tuesday, Dallet became the first Supreme Court candidate supported by Democrats to win an open seat since 1995.

He said Republicans can make that happen this year, and Democrats will have to show what they've done in Tuesday's election can be transferable to legislative and midterm races. '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'.

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

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In addition to this, Martha Laning, Wisconsin Democratic Party Chairwoman, issued a warning to Walker and called it a "huge loss" for him as his "endorsement, philosophy and politics were on the ballot".

She defeated Screnock 57 percent to 42 percent. But even before Dallet's victory, a state senate election hinted at Democratic surge, as Democrat Patty Schachtner won a seat that had been held by a Republican for 17 years. The court has been a reliable ally of Walker and Republicans who have controlled the governor's office and Legislature since 2011.

Dallet piled up big margins in Dane (Madison) and Milwaukee Counties, precisely where Democrats will need to do well in November. She criticized the justices for not adopting a recusal rule forcing them to step down from cases involving large campaign donors.

Screnock, 48, was appointed judge by Walker in 2015. Before that, Screnock was part of a team that defended Walker's Act 10 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

Wisconsin's highest court will now have the highest representation by women.

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