Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, once the face of a conservative takeover of Wisconsin politics centered on collective bargaining reforms, appears to have lost the 2018 midterm election to Democrat Tony Evers, the state superintendent of Public Instruction. The Associated Press has called the race for Evers.
Evers, the Democrat, was ahead by about 2 percent with 100 percent of the results in, after thousands of Milwaukee absentee ballots were counted in the early morning hours of November 7. Before that, the race had tightened dramatically to almost a tie, swinging back and forth between the two candidates all night. However, the Milwaukee ballots extended Evers’ lead:
In the end, these were the election results:
Tony Evers: 1,316,247 50%
Scott Walker: 1,287,374 48%
The votes will still go through a canvassing process. These were the results before the City of Milwaukee ballots were counted around 1 a.m. on November 7:
Tony Evers: 49% 1,261,238
Scott Walker: 49% 1,260,176
(98 percent in)
This is how the late-counted Milwaukee ballots broke down: Milwaukee announced that Walker received 7,181 of those votes, and Evers received 38,674 of them.
That was enough to give Evers the victory, but the Republican lieutenant governor took to the podium and announced a recount was being contemplated. The Milwaukee ballots also flipped the Attorney General’s race from incumbent Republican Brad Schimel to Democratic challenger Josh Kaul, although the margin was smaller and possibly in recount territory.
A losing candidate has to request a recount in Wisconsin but can do so if the margin is within 1 percent of the vote, Fox 6 Milwaukee reports. Walker could still ask for a recount, but he would have to pay for it, WTMJ reported.
In Waukesha County, an extremely pro Walker County, the Republican governor’s percentage dropped from 2018 to 2014.
Although they largely botched the presidential contest in Wisconsin, pollsters generally called this one right, although some were off on the margin. Evers, a public educator his entire life, led in six of the 10 polls in the Wisconsin governor’s race since June 2018. The only polls showing Walker with a fighting chance – by Marquette Law School – showed the race tied in the waning days of the election.
Where You Can Find Detailed Wisconsin Election Results
This is the page where the Election Commission posts election results.
Decision Desk HQ is a great site to follow Wisconsin election results and election results around the country because it breaks the results down by county. Be aware you need to create a free account to monitor the site’s results.
In addition, Wisconsin election results will be available through local news sites. For example, WISN-TV posts election results here. WTMJ-TV has election results here. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper also has election results. WUWM does too. This site also has results, starting at 8:15 p.m.
The New York Times has pages for live election results for governor races, for Senate races, and also has a live election results dashboard here. Here is the New York Times’ Wisconsin election results overall page. Politico also has a page for Wisconsin election results.
Libertarian candidate Phil Anderson was positioned to play spoiler as he has earned around 3 to 6 percent in various recent polls, but he received a smaller percentage in the end. In the six polls measuring a three-way contest, Evers led in three, two were a tie, and Walker led in one (by 1 percent). However, four of those were by the same pollster – Marquette University.
Who Was on the Wisconsin Ballot
Walker and Evers were not the only race on the ballot in Wisconsin. According to the Election Commission, these are the races on the 2018 midterm ballot in Wisconsin:
Governor and Lt. Governor
Secretary of State
Representative in Congress
State Senator (odd-numbered districts)
Representatives to the Assembly (all districts), and
County offices of Sheriff, Clerk of Circuit Court and Coroner (where applicable).
Brad Schimel, the Republican state Attorney General (who incidentally has been turned into a Netflix “villain” in Making a Murderer 2 lately) is behind Democrat Josh Kaul, the son of former Wisconsin Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager.
A Marquette University Law School poll taken in October 2018 had shown that race tightening. “In the race for Wisconsin attorney general, Republican incumbent Brad Schimel is the choice of 47 percent and Democrat Josh Kaul is the choice of 45 percent of likely voters. Seven percent lack a preference in this race and 2 percent did not respond. In the early October poll, Schimel held 47 percent and Kaul 43 percent of likely voters,” it reads.
You can see a list of all state candidates in Wisconsin here. In addition, Wisconsin has closely watched federal races. Incumbent Senator Tammy Baldwin kept her seat against a challenge from Republican legislator Leah Vukmir. Baldwin, a Democrat, led in the polls by a wide margin for the entire race.
Bryan Steil, a Republican, defeated Randy Bryce, a Democrat, for the seat of retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan in Congress. One poll showed Steil ahead 50% to 44%, but it was taken in September 2018.
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