On April 3, Wisconsin voters elected Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Progressive candidate Dallet defeated her opponent, conservative Judge Michael Screnock, 56 to 44 percent. When Dallet replaces retiring Justice Michael Gableman on the bench in August, the court’s conservative majority will shift from 5-2 to 4-3.
While there is plenty of time for the political landscape to shift before the November elections, many see Dallet’s win as indicative of a potential Democratic wave in the fall midterms. Overall, the unusually high turnout for the spring election means voters – especially Democrats – are energized heading into November. However, there is a long summer of campaigning ahead, so many experts say anything can happen come fall.