Remember when Wisconsin Republicans and the Trump Court conspired to send people to their deaths in order to rig a judicial election in order to preserve undemocratic legislative elections in the state? About that:
Dane County Judge Jill Karofsky declared victory over incumbent Justice Daniel Kelly before 6:30 p.m. Monday to win a full 10-year term on the Wisconsin Supreme Court.
Unofficial election results from the Associated Press — which had not yet called the race — showed with 52% of precincts reporting, Karofsky, a liberal, was leading Kelly, a conservative, 53% to 47% in the race for a slot on the bench.
A Karofsky win would mean liberals come August will have a 3-4 minority on Wisconsin’s highest court, chipping away at conservatives’ current 5-2 edge following the election of Justice Brian Hagedorn last April.
“Although we were successful in this race, the circumstances under which this election was conducted were simply unacceptable, and raise serious concerns for the future of our democracy,” she said in a statement. “Nobody in this state or in this country should have been forced to choose between their safety and participating in an election.”
The abject terror Wisconsin Republicans feel towards free and fair elections isn’t irrational!
Not only is this a great result in itself — only one more flipped seat and democratic legislative elections can be restored in Wisconsin — it suggests Trump is pretty much screwed there in November:
Trump won the Electoral College because his trading educated suburban voters for white voters without college degrees proved a net benefit. After more than three years of the President Trump Experience, and with coverage of the elections much less likely to be dominated by trivial bullshit about the Democratic candidate because of the health and economic crisis…it’s, shall we say, not obvious the math is going to work out this time.