Wisconsin voters on Tuesday delivered a stinging defeat to Democrats hoping to hold a seat on the state Supreme Court — and a hint that a sleeping Republican base is beginning to wake up just in time for the 2020 presidential election.

Just weeks ago, Democrats believed their preferred candidate, Judge Lisa Neubauer, was the heavy favorite. Her opponent, Judge Brian Hagedorn, a conservative former aide to ex-Gov. Scott Walker (R), spent nearly the entire race defending himself from attacks over blog posts he wrote that laid out controversial views of gay rights and public religion.

Several prominent groups that usually back conservative judicial candidates distanced themselves from Hagedorn. At the same time, liberal groups pumped more than $3 million into television ads backing Neubauer.

Hagedorn trailed even in internal Republican surveys. One poll conducted by the Republican State Leadership Committee a week before Election Day found Neubauer leading 42 percent to 34 percent.

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