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Liberal Rebecca Dallet wins seat on the Wisconsin Supreme Court

Rebecca Dallet defeated Michael Screnock in Tuesday's race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat.

A liberal, Dallet is a Milwaukee County Circuit Court judge and former prosecutor, and she attributes her win "to Wisconsin voters standing up to special interests. I think they're ready to have fair and independent courts." This is the first time in 23 years that a liberal candidate who was not an incumbent has won a seat on the state's high court, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Screnock, a conservative Sauk County judge, was backed by the Wisconsin Republican Party, and he did well in Waukesha County, but Dallet had big wins in Dane and Milwaukee counties. Dallet will be seated in August for a 10-year term, replacing conservative Justice Michael Gableman, who did not seek re-election. Once Dallet is sworn in, there will be six women on the court. Conservatives will still retain control of the court, 4-3.