Is a "blue wave" washing over Wisconsin?

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Is a "blue wave" washing over Wisconsin?

On Tuesday, Judge Rebecca Dallet of Milwaukee easily defeated another circuit judge, Michael Screnock, for a seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.

"Tonight's results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI". Walker, who's running for a third term this November, predicted that he'll be targeted by special interests who want to undo what he calls his "bold reforms".

I am proud to have run a campaign that remained focused on my judicial philosophy and my experience in spite of tremendous outside influence from liberal special interest groups that were willing to say and spend anything to elect their preferred candidate to the bench.

Dallet's candidacy won support from national Democrats, something never-before-seen in a state Supreme Court race, with an endorsement from U.S. Sen. The state Democratic Party machinery worked to help Dallet win and reveled in her victory. Only Washington state has that many women on its high court, in percentage terms, as Wisconsin's court has seven seats while Washington's has nine, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported, citing the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics.

"I think they're ready to have fair and independent courts". That's exciting news for Democrats, who have failed to beat Walker in three previous attempts, and who were shocked when Donald Trump and unpopular Republican Senator Ron Johnson won in 2016.

The answers to these kinds of questions - if Democrats can break into suburban areas in a midterm year, and if rural turnout is lower than normal - give a clearer picture of what the fall could look like. In 12 of those counties, she gained at least 1,000 more votes than did Screnock.

State Republican Party spokesman Alec Zimmerman said Wednesday that Dallet's victory isn't necessarily indicative of what will happen in the fall election. Wisconsin has been increasingly moving to the right. She was running for a seat now held by Michael Gableman.

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

Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that the results in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election shows a "blue wave" is coming. Her win narrows the pro-Walker conservative majority on the court to 4 to 3 - and marks the first win by a liberal to an open seat since 1995. Her winning campaign, which was buoyed in part by Attorney General Eric Holder's National Democratic Redistricting Committee, is considered a "bellwether for the 2018 midterm elections". She bemoaned the prevalence of outside money, and promised that she would recuse herself if any special interests that supported her appear before the court.

It comes after Democrats won a state Senate district in January that it had not held since 2001.

Screnock was the conservative choice - an appointee of Republican Gov. Scott Walker who had the backing of the state GOP and the state chamber of commerce.

The Associated Press called the race for Dallet, who ran against conservative Judge Michael Screnock, not long after 10 p.m. EST.

Dallet has been a Milwaukee County circuit judge since 2008 and prior to that was a prosecutor for more than a decade.

Laning said, "It's not very often that I agree with Governor Walker, but I do".