A week after Wisconsin voters were forced to choose between staying safe from the COVID-19 threat and voting in their state’s election, the results are finally being tabulated.
First, former Vice President Joe Biden has been declared the winner of the Democratic primary there. With 63 percent of the vote counted, he currently has 64 percent of the vote versus Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) with 31 percent.
Republican lawmakers in the state forced the elections last week and refused to extend any mail-in vote deadlines primarily because a state Supreme Court seat was being decided and the GOPers know lower turnout favors their side.
But not in this instance.
Even though polling sites in Milwaukee (a Democratic stronghold) were cut from 180 to only 5, the voters did turn out, they stood in line, and they chose the liberal in the race, Dane County Circuit Judge Jill Karofsky.
Her victory marks the first time in a dozen years a Supreme Court challenger beat an incumbent.
Judge Jill Karofsky’s statement on tonight’s election results: pic.twitter.com/IbVNAboEmB
— Judge Jill Karofsky (@judgekarofsky) April 13, 2020
Love this. So sorry Wisconsin GOP. Your diabolical plan backfired. Bless these voters in Wisconsin for showing up and waiting in long lines to vote during a pandemic❤️❤️❤️ #Heroes
— Katie B (@kadbevins36) April 14, 2020
This is remarkable. Wisconsin GOP forced an in-person election during an unfolding epidemic for a highly infectious disease because they were sure a low turnout election wld ensure a state supreme court win. Unconscionable. And they lost. Amazing. https://t.co/4gcltwaz3L
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) April 13, 2020