Judge Jill Karofsky won the race for Wisconsin Supreme Court, narrowing the conservative majority, an election conducted in the midst of a global pandemic.
Karofsky’s victory marked the first time in 12 years that a Wisconsin Supreme Court challenger beat an incumbent — and the 2nd time in more than half a century. Her win over Justice Daniel Kelly will shift conservative control of the court from 5-2 to 4-3. Karofsky thanked her family and supporters and decried the decision to hold the election during the coronavirus outbreak.
'Look, we shouldn’t have had the election on Tuesday,' she said. 'It was an untenable decision (on whether to vote), but the people of the state of Wisconsin rose up. Anyone who wasn’t brought to tears when they were looking at those people in Milwaukee voting on Tuesday, and voting in Green Bay on Tuesday, just doesn't have a heart.'