In tonight’s election for an open seat on Wisconsin’s Supreme Court to replace retiring de facto Republican incumbent Justice Michael Gableman, de facto Democrat Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge Rebecca Dallet has defeated her de facto Republican challenger, Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock.
With her election, the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s conservative majority will now shrink from 5-2 to 4-3.
Per the Wisconsin State Journal, Dallet’s victory marks “the first time since 1995 that a Supreme Court candidate backed by liberals has won an open seat on the court.”
The victory comes at a critical point in Wisconsin’s history and is instrumental in shaping the ideological direction of the state’s highest court with cases on gerrymandering and voter suppression imminent.
Tonight’s win for Dallet is all the more impressive given Trump’s surprise win over Hillary Clinton in the state in 2016.
The Wisconsin election comes on the heels of a slew of Democratic victories in special elections around the country tonight, including Rhode Island’s 8th State Senate District and Massachusetts’ 2th House District.