Walker warns of Dem wave in Wisconsin after liberal wins state judicial race

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) on Tuesday warned that his state could see a wave of Democratic victories in the 2018 midterm elections and pressed supporters to "counter" the "Far Left."

Walker's comments came after liberal Judge Rebecca Dallet overcame conservative Judge Michael Screnock in the race for a Wisconsin Supreme Court seat on Tuesday night.

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"Tonight’s results show we are at risk of a #BlueWave in WI. The Far Left is driven by anger & hatred — we must counter it with optimism & organization," Walker tweeted. "Let’s share our positive story with voters & win in November."

"Big government special interests flooded Wisconsin with distorted facts & misinformation," he added in a second tweet. "Next, they'll target me and work to undo our bold reforms. We need to keep moving #WIForward & make sure a #BlueWave of outside special interest money doesn’t take us backward."

The race between Dallet and Screnock was cast by Democrats and Republicans alike as a bellwether for the 2018 midterm elections, with liberal groups seeking to seize on Democratic energy that has emerged following President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump mocks wind power: 'When the wind doesn't blow, just turn off the television' Pentagon investigator probing whether acting chief boosted former employer Boeing Trump blasts McCain, bemoans not getting 'thank you' for funeral MORE's 2016 election.

Dallet saw support from a number of liberal groups, including former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump steps up attacks on McCain Court-packing becomes new litmus test on left Press: Which way do Dems go in 2020? MORE's National Democratic Redistricting Committee, which poured $165,000 into digital ads in the race.

Dallet's win is likely to be touted by liberals as a sign of Democratic momentum in the midterms. The Tuesday night victory was the first for Democrats in an open Wisconsin Supreme Court race since 1995.