Dallet Defeats Screnock, State Treasurer Office Saved in Referendum

In another election underscoring the enthusiasm gap between Democratic and Republican voters, Milwaukee County Circuit Court Judge Rebecca Dallet handily defeated her conservative opponent Sauk County Judge Michael Screnock in the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court.

With 96 percent of the vote in, Dallet had 56 percent of the vote to Screnock’s 44 percent. Her victory came largely on the strength of the Democratic vote in Dane County which voted an astounding 80 percent for the liberal candidate.

Meanwhile, Screnock underperformed in the critical WOW counties for Republicans: Waukesha, Ozaukee and Washington. While turnout in those counties kept up with Dane County, the conservative percentage of the vote did not keep up.

The other statewide result from Tuesday’s election was the defeat of a referendum to eliminate the office of the state treasurer. The constitutional amendment to eliminate the largely powerless elected office failed 61 percent to 39 percent.