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Dallet projected winner in state Supreme Court race

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Liberal Rebecca Dallet has easily defeated conservative Michael Screnock in a Wisconsin Supreme Court race seen as the latest bellwether of voter attitudes ahead of the November election.

Dallet's victory cuts conservative control of the state's highest court from 5-2 to 4-3. She also becomes the sixth woman on the seven-member court.

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

Wisconsin's high court has become notably partisan in recent years even though it's nonpartisan in name.

Dallet, a Milwaukee County judge, drew strong Democratic support including an endorsement from former Vice President Joe Biden.

Screnock, a Sauk County judge appointed and endorsed by Republican Gov. Scott Walker, had the backing of the National Rifle Association and the Wisconsin Republican Party.

Dallet says her victory in Wisconsin's Supreme Court race  shows that voters are tired of special interests and want to have a "fair and independent court."

Other Democrats were quick to brand the win for Dallet a defeat for Republican Gov. Scott Walker and others in the GOP. Walker had endorsed Screnock.

Dallet tells The Associated Press that her win shows "people are tired of what's been going on in our state in terms of the money coming in to buy these elections and people spoke out tonight."

Her victory marks the first time since 1995 that a liberal candidate for Supreme Court won in a race where the seat is open.

The victory reduces conservative control of the court from 5-2 to 4-3.

Full election results are HERE.

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