Gov. Walker takes to twitter, warns of possible Democratic wave
- Author: Adam Floyd Apr 05, 2018,
Apr 05, 2018, 0:35
Scott Walker predicts a blue wave in the Badger State following a liberal judge's win in the state Supreme Court race Tuesday night.
The race between Democrat-backed Rebecca Dallet and conservative Michael Screnock ended with a double-digit win for Ms. Dallet.
"We are at risk of a Blue Wave in Wisconsin", Walker said in a fundraising email Wednesday.
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.
A local news station reported on Tuesday that many voters said they were backing Dallet to send a message to the pro-gun group after she received the support of former Arizona Rep.
The race for a 10-year seat was nonpartisan in name only, with millions in ad spending and public endorsements from the likes of Joe Biden, Eric Holder and the National Rifle Association.
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With the win, she will replace outgoing conservative Justice Michael Gableman, bringing the court's 5-2 conservative majority down to 4-3.
"I don't think Republicans can walk around and just blow this off", said Brandon Scholz, a longtime Republican strategist who has worked on Supreme Court campaigns. 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.
Running with a tough-on-crime message, Dallet won by almost a 12-point margin with almost all precincts reporting, over the conservative Screnock, 48, in the first statewide general election in the country this year. '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'. She also becomes the sixth woman on the seven-member court. Ouellette says "I don't want to support anyone who's backed by the NRA right now".
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.
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'.
Screnock was appointed judge by Walker in 2015.
Both candidates argue the other can't be trusted to serve as an independent voice on the state's highest court.
As a private attorney, Screnock defended Walker's collective bargaining law and the Republican-drawn redistricting plan that is now before the U.S. Supreme Court.