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The state Democratic Party machinery worked to help Dallet win and reveled in her victory. She drew support from former officials from Barack Obama's administration. President Donald Trump, they said, was hanging over the race, motivating people who typically did not show up for April elections to come to the polls. This mostly-traditional playbook was good enough to get Dallet almost 36% of the vote in the primary, which was far short of the over-46% Screnock received.

A liberal candidate backed by Democrats won a statewide judicial election in Wisconsin Tuesday night, a major warning sign for Republicans in a solidly purple state that will play an important role in the midterm elections.

Democrats, who had surprised Republicans in January by flipping a state Senate seat in rural northwest Wisconsin, quickly turned to the Supreme Court race. That was almost a complete reversal from 2016 when Donald Trump carried the county, 52-41, in the presidential race.

And the way to start is by casting that ballot, as I said, for Rebecca Dallet. "And then they refused to take down their despicable ad when the victims' family publicly pleaded with them to stop", says Scot Ross, executive director of the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now. "We are still only 20 percent of the judges in Wisconsin, and I'm thrilled to be part of a Supreme Court that includes mostly women".

Wisconsin Elections Commission spokesman Reid Magney said that as of midday Tuesday the commission was not aware of any access issues being caused by the snow storm. Dane County Clerk Scott McDonell says 14 percent of registered voters had cast ballots by 11 a.m., putting the county on pace for 50 percent turnout.

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"There's an terrible lot of folks that are going to vote in November that we didn't see at the polls yesterday", Franklin said. The Election Day will be on June 12th.

The proposed constitution amendment on the state treasurer's office, which voters shot down on Tuesday, had already passed two consecutive sessions of the state legislature. "But there's been a year and a half of activism, getting people organized and excited before this race".

Turnout was 22.2 percent - the highest for a spring election since 2011 when it was 34 percent. "She invited that stuff", he said. Walker appointed Screnock a judge in 2015, and he was elected to a six-year term in 2016.

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.

Both candidates argued the other couldn't be trusted to serve as an independent voice on the state's highest court because of the partisans supporting their campaigns. "I would say that the Supreme Court race this week was another alarm bell and if you begin to connect these dots it looks like Democrats have a lot of energy and excitement on their side", Burden says. But Screnock has managed to stay on message, even when Dallet challenges him three times in one debate to promise that he would withdraw from any cases involving WMC.