Walker Predicts Blue Wave in Wisconsin After Disappointing Supreme Court Race

UW-L poly scientist says special election fight may tarnish GOP image in Wisconsin

In Tuesday's election, liberal candidate Rebecca Dallet easily defeated the more conservative Michael Screnock, who was backed by Walker, though the state's high court elections are suppose to remain non-partisan. The governor issued the same warning Tuesday night as election results rolled in.

Dallet, who has served as a judge for the Milwaukee County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, was first elected to the position in the year 2008.

'Big government special interests flooded Wisconsin with distorted facts & misinformation.

His campaign was also endorsed by conservative groups ranging from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to the National Rifle Association. "I think they're ready to have fair and independent courts".

In his fundraising email, Walker said "the results show something very troubling - we are at risk of a Blue Wave in Wisconsin".

Voters who supported Dallet said they hoped her win would send a message.

Screnock was endorsed by Walker and backed by about $400,000 from the state GOP.

He said a Dallet win 'would send a message that we're not kidding around here and maybe to borrow an axiom from the right: We're going to take our country back'.

Phil Ouellette (EW-let), also of Madison, says he was turned off by the NRA's backing of Screnock.

A spring snowstorm could be a player in Wisconsin's election day. This campaign was never about me or my desire to be a Supreme Court Justice.

"There's more satisfaction on the Republican side on the voter equation than on the Democratic side who hate everything Walker does and did and hate everything Trump does and did, and it's easier to get those voters out", Farrow said. The turnout was 22.2 percent, the highest for a spring election since 2011 and second highest over the past 12 Supreme Court elections.

Wisconsin's highest court will now have the highest representation by women. President Donald Trump won the state by less than 1 percentage point in 2016, while Dallet thumped Screnock by double digits. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, former Vice President Joe Biden recording robocalls and a group run by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dumping half a million dollars into the contest.

While state Supreme Court justices are nonpartisan, the race was highly politicized, with candidates and supporters on both sides finding ways to turn it into a referendum on the opposing party.

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.

More than 995,000 voters out of almost 4.7 million voting-age adults cast ballots in the Supreme Court race this year.

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