Dallet scoops state Supreme Court seat

Nicole Aimone, News Editor

Rebecca Dallet defeated her opponent Michael Screnock with approximately 55 percent of the statewide vote for the State Supreme Court judge seat.

Although Dallet’s win does not impact the overall conservative majority held on the court, it does shift the court’s ideological bend down one to a 4-3 split.

“I attribute it to Wisconsin voters standing up to special interests,” Dallet said in an article published by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “I think they’re ready to have fair and independent courts.”

The race, which was intended to be nonpartisan in nature, was not reflected in the campaign. Both Dallet and Screnock made their political affiliations known to voters through advertisements about themselves and one another.

A former Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge, Dallet emphasized her understanding of the challenges that face Wisconsin families during her campaign.

Dallet said she believes that she has the necessary experience to properly serve the state, at a time when “inexperience is not an option if we want to protect our values at the highest level,” according to her campaign website.

Dallet joins five other women on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.  

Gov. Scott Walker said in a tweet that a “Blue Wave” shown in tonight’s Supreme Court election was a threat to the progress he said his Republican-majority Wisconsin legislature had made. Walker noted after special election in January that swung liberal in a traditionally conservative district that conservatives needed a “wake up call.”

“Tonight’s results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI,” Walker said in a tweet. “The Far Left is driven by anger [and] hatred — we must counter it with optimism & organization. Let’s share our positive story with voters [and] win in November.”


– Kimberly Wethal contributed to this report.