Milwaukee County Judge Rebecca Dallet defeated Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock Tuesday, for an open seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court. Following the results, Republican Governor Scott Walker also issued a statement, warning his fellow Republicans. It supported Trump in 2016-the first time it'd favored a Republican presidential candidate in 32 years-after electing Republican Scott Walker as governor in 2010. In a statement Tuesday night, Holder said, "Today, the voters of Wisconsin took a critical first step toward a state government that better reflects their needs and interests".
His campaign was also endorsed by conservative groups ranging from Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce to the National Rifle Association. "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".
In his fundraising email, Walker said "the results show something very troubling - we are at risk of a Blue Wave in Wisconsin".
"I think my message resonated with Wisconsinites", Dallet told supporters in Milwaukee Tuesday night.
The race has become a partisan slugfest, with national Democrats spending money and giving endorsements in an effort to win the seat over the GOP-backed Screnock.
"I don't want to support anyone who's backed by the NRA right now", said Phil Ouellette, 59, who works in advertising. The average of all spring elections since 2000 was 19 percent. This campaign was never about me or my desire to be a Supreme Court Justice.
But getting to the polls won't be easy for some people.
Turnout was the highest for a spring election since 2011 when it was 34 percent.
Wisconsin's highest court will now have the highest representation by women. Not counting votes in Dane and Milwaukee Counties, Screnock won by just 8,500 votes, or 1 percentage point. Cory Booker, of New Jersey, former Vice President Joe Biden recording robocalls and a group run by former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder dumping half a million dollars into the contest.
The Democratic Party of Wisconsin wrote, "This election comes just months after a shocking Republican defeat in a special election for Wisconsin State Senate where the Democratic candidate won by 10 points in a district that went 17 points for President Donald Trump in 2016".
Screnock, meanwhile, argued Dallet's overtures to Democrats showed she would be an "activist" on the court, but Screnock himself received $300,000 from the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the most a political party has ever spent on a Supreme Court candidate in the state's history.
More than 995,000 voters out of almost 4.7 million voting-age adults cast ballots in the Supreme Court race this year.