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Evers defeats Walker to become next WI governor

MADISON (WKOW) — Tony Evers has been elected the next governor of Wisconsin in a hotly contested race with two-term incumbent Scott Walker.

The race remained within a few thousand votes throughout most of of the evening, with Evers jumping out to a 29,000 vote lead by the time the final ballots were counted.

However, the results may not become official for a while.

In a speech to supporters earlier, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch warned supporters to prepare for a recount.

(WQOW) – Entering the 1 a.m. hour, the race for governor in Wisconsin is still too close to call. Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch said a recount is likely in the race between Tony Evers and Governor Scott Walker.

As of 1:05 a.m., Evers was leading Walker by about 1,100 votes.

(WXOW) – As of 12:35 a.m. only a few hundred votes separated the two candidates for Wisconsin governor.

Challenger Tony Evers was leading Governor Walker with about 97-percent of the vote in. Throughout the evening, the tally varied between only 30 votes to as many as a few thousand.

Walker is trying for his third term as Wisconsin governor. It has been a tight contest according to polls taken during the campaign.

Tonight shows just exactly that.

(WXOW) – The election of Wisconsin’s next governor is finally here. And if this was a sporting race at a track, it would go down as a photo finish.

Incumbent Governor Scott Walker, who has won three previous races including a 2012 recall election, is challenged by State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers.

Although Evers has run, and won, statewide office since 2009, it was not for the top spot in the state.

As state superintendent, he’s clashed over the years with Walker on education policy. Those clashes culminated with Evers’ announcement he’d run for governor in August 2017. One year later, he topped a crowded Democratic primary to advance as the candidate for November.

Since then, a number of polls showed he was in tight race with Walker. The candidates have been arguing over taxes, roads, education funding, health care and a host of other issues.

Walker is seeking to become only the second governor in Wisconsin history elected to a third term.

Evers is the state superintendent who argues Walker has failed the state and should be replaced.

Kevin Millard

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