Walker warns of "blue wave" after Dallet win

Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock

Rebecca Dallet and Michael Screnock

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.

Scott Walker (R) on Tuesday warned that his state could see a wave of Democratic victories in the 2018 midterm elections and pressed supporters to "counter" the "Far Left".

"After the results were announced Walker sent out several tweets, criticizing Democrats and warning Republicans of the risk of a "#BlueWave".

Those same "Big government special interests" that flooded Wisconsin with "distorted facts and misinformation" will next employ their winning strategy against him, he predicted. "Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms". Franklin said anything can happen by the time November comes around. In another ad, from the Screnock-backing Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, Dallet was accused of giving her own light sentence to a child molester.

The race, largely expected to be close, tipped in Dallet's favor, with the liberal candidate gaining 56% of the vote. Randy Bryce called the Dallet win "a rallying cry for working folks". As neither candidate raises a lot of money, outside, in-state, groups are their proxies on TV and radio, with liberal groups typically delving into political policy and conservative groups typically exposing the liberal candidate as anything but law-and-order.

The Republican Party of Wisconsin says Dallet's win doesn't predict fall election outcomes.

Holder's group, the National Democratic Redistricting Committee, and its affiliates spent more than $500,000 on behalf of Dallet. Dallet had championed her determination to stand up for Wisconsin values, including those she said were being "attacked" by Trump. "I think they're ready to have fair and independent courts. People get exhausted of that", Barrett said.

The candidates did not run with party affiliations.

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.

With Dallet's election, the court remains controlled by conservative justices but by a smaller 4-3 margin.

Dallet's victory on Tuesday was the first for Democrats in an open Wisconsin Supreme Court race in more than two decades.

If you haven't already read Allahpundit's piece on the Wisconsin Supreme Court race, please do so. The court has been a reliable ally of Walker and Republicans who have controlled the governor's office and Legislature since 2011. She won reelection to a full term in 2016.

"That means there's an very bad lot of people that stayed on the sidelines this week who will come in by the fall and we don't know whether they will tilt in the same direction or not", Franklin said.

Dallet, 48, was a state prosecutor for 11 years and a circuit court judge for 10 before running for Supreme Court. She will join the court in August.

The Democrat quickly worked to define Screnock, who had been appointed to the bench by Walker, as an ideological extremist who had been arrested when protesting abortion clinics. Before that, Screnock was part of a team that defended Walker's Act 10 law that effectively ended collective bargaining for most public workers.

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