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JOHNSON: Holder's National Democratic Redistricting Committee has run ads on behalf of Rebecca Dallet, the candidate favored by liberals in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race.

Conservative Justice Michael Gableman did not seek a second 10-year term.

Liberal judge Rebecca Dallet's runaway victory in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race Tuesday cheered Democrats eager for more evidence their party is ready for a winning fall in midterm elections. Following the results, Republican Governor Scott Walker also issued a statement, warning his fellow Republicans. "Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms".

But Anderson wasn't so sure that Wisconsin's Supreme Court contest amounted to a referendum on Trump or that it could be a bellwether of what's to come in November.

Dallet said via Twitter that she wanted to serve her state in a big way and show her daughters that "it's important to fight with everything we have". 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.

Even more worrying for Republicans is that Democratic candidates have had success in areas Trump won easily in 2016, including a special election for a US Senate seat in Alabama in December, and then in March when Democrat Conor Lamb won a House seat in western Pennsylvania's deep-red steel country. Randy Bryce called the Dallet win "a rallying cry for working folks".

Meanwhile, Screnock, without a lot of money of his own and the usual right-of-center groups taking a pass, stuck to the traditional low-money conservative judicial candidate playbook, saying little more than he would uphold the rule of law and use that to guide him in any decisions he would participate in.

The race for a 10-year seat was nonpartisan in name only, with millions in ad spending and public endorsements from the likes of ex-Vice President Joe Biden, former Attorney General Eric Holder and the National Rifle Association.

Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that the results in the Wisconsin Supreme Court election shows a "blue wave" is coming. "People are exhausted of special interests ruling and wanted to speak up". 2018 could be the year when his and his party's remarkable run of luck in Wisconsin just runs out.

Screnock was endorsed by Walker and backed by about $400,000 from the state GOP.

Dallet's victory cuts conservative control of the state's highest court from 5-2 to 4-3. Only one other state - Washington - has that many women on its high court, but in percentage terms, Wisconsin will have the highest representation by women because Wisconsin's court has a total of seven seats while Washington's has nine, according to the University of Minnesota's Smart Politics.

The seat the two are hoping to fill was held by a republican-backed justice, which means if Dallet wins the seat, Miller said there would be a possibility of a swing vote within the court, as he believes she is more moderate.

"I know that my message was about fair and independent courts and this was about standing up for that and that's what people responded to today", Dallet says.

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