Scott Walker warns of 'blue wave' in November
- Author: Joey Payne Apr 05, 2018,
Apr 05, 2018, 0:34
After the Democratic-backed Wisconsin state Supreme Court candidate pulled off a double-digit victory over her GOP rival on Tuesday evening, Gov. Scott Walker warned his state that a "blue wave" of the "Far Left" was imminent in November and encouraged Republicans to "counter it with optimism and organization".
Rebecca Dallet, who heavily positioned herself against President Trump, defeated the conservative Michael Screnock for the seat.
Dallet said via Twitter that she wanted to serve her state in a big way and show her daughters that "it's important to fight with everything we have".
Walker is up for re-election to a third term in November.
"I attribute it to Wisconsin voters standing up to special interests", said Dallet, a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge. Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms. Dallet was supported by labor and teacher unions, most of the state's judges and a host of current and former Democratic officeholders.
The race was nonpartisan in name only, with national figures such as Joe Biden and Eric Holder and groups like the National Rifle Association pouring in money and endorsements.
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. And because she is viewed as liberal, her victory is expected to narrow the conservatives' control of the court to 4-3 from the current 5-2.
Dallet, 48, will become the sixth woman on the court. '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'.
Democrats, who have been starved for electoral victories since Walker and Republicans swept into power in 2010 amid a national recession, were quick to celebrate the win as a sign Walker's days as governor are numbered. Ouellette says "I don't want to support anyone who's backed by the NRA right now".
"People are pretty motivated on the left, from what I can see", said Doug Clawson, 58, a communications professional who cast his ballot at a Madison public library as cold rain fell outside.
Before becoming a judge at the County Circuit Court, Dallet served as an assistant district attorney with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office and as an adjunct professor of law at Marquette University Law School.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin wrote, "This election comes just months after a shocking Republican defeat in a special election for Wisconsin State Senate where the Democratic candidate won by 10 points in a district that went 17 points for President Donald Trump in 2016".
Screnock, 48, was appointed judge by Walker in 2015.