Tony Evers gives news conference following win in Wisconsin, Walker concedes

UPDATE 2:13 p.m. — Democrat Tony Evers is expected to give a news conference Wednesday afternoon following his win in Wisconsin’s Governor race.

Watch the stream of the conference below:

Current Governor Scott Walker issued the following statement Wednesday afternoon following his loss to Evers:

First, I want to thank God.  Win or lose, God’s abundant grace is more than enough for any of us.  
Next, I want to thank my family.  
My wife Tonette is amazing. She has been my rock and the core of our family.  She has been a tremendous leader on addressing the issue of trauma. I love her so very much and am grateful that we will spend the rest of our lives together.  
Our son Matt is amazing. He lives and works in Milwaukee and started a digital marketing firm with a few other guys this year called Platform Digital. We are so proud of him. 
Our other son Alex is equally amazing. He worked for Leah Vukmir’s campaign as the political director and did an amazing job. We are so proud of him.  
My mother has been unbelievable throughout my life – and again during this campaign.  I am so grateful for her love and her example of how to love others.  
It was great to travel with my brother, David, on Election Day. I am so glad that he, my sister-in-law, Maria, and my nieces Isabella and Eva live close by. I love them dearly.  
Thanks to all our other family and close friends who’ve been with us every step of the way. 
It was odd not having my Dad physically with me on Election Day. I know, however, that he is with our Heavenly Father and that brings me comfort for the future. 
Thank you to all of our amazing supporters who worked so hard and gave so much of their time, talent and treasure to our efforts. I am so deeply grateful for their help!
Thank you to our campaign team and the team at the Party through the leadership of Joe and Keith, Brad and Mark. Thanks to R.J., Deb and Bill and the rest of the team.
Thanks to Eric and Ellen and all of our official staff and cabinet and the rest of the team in the administration. I am so thankful for their devotion to public service. 
Thanks to Tony Evers for his gracious comments on our call today. I offered the full support of my staff and our cabinet as he begins the transition process.  
Finally, thank you to the voters of the great State of Wisconsin. It has been my honor to serve as your Governor for nearly eight years. We’ve come a long way together and it is my sincere hope that the progress we’ve made during our time in office will continue and that we can keep Wisconsin working for generations to come. 
Thank you and may God bless the people of Wisconsin.  

10:20 a.m.
The city of Milwaukee says its handling of absentee ballots on election night was routine, even as Gov. Scott Walker has raised questions about their possible effect on the governor’s race.
The city says it reconstructed about 2,000 ballots due to damage or other errors. It says the process is routine and witnessed by representatives of both political parties, election workers and the public.
Walker’s campaign has pointed to the damaged ballots as one of the reasons why he has not conceded to Democrat Tony Evers. Evers defeated Walker by about 31,000 votes, based on unofficial results. That’s close to the margin for a recount.
Milwaukee’s Election Commission says in a statement Wednesday that the process of reconstructing a ballot is “entirely transparent, dictated by state law and was followed by the City of Milwaukee.”
Examples of problems that would lead to reconstruction include voter error, such as marking X’s on ballots or using pencil, and damage that can occur during the mail processing.
The city counted about 47,000 absentee ballots.
10:15 a.m.
Democrats are crying foul after Republicans held their majorities in both legislative chambers in Tuesday’s elections, insisting the GOP wins are more evidence the party drew district boundaries unfairly.
The GOP went into Election Day with a 64-35 majority in the Assembly and an 18-15 Senate advantage. Unofficial election results show not a single Republican legislative incumbent lost, even though Democrats appear to have won at least three statewide offices, including governor.
Democrats filed a federal lawsuit three years ago arguing Republicans unconstitutionally re-drew legislative district boundaries in 2011 to consolidate power.
Lawsuit organizer Sachin Chheda says Tuesday’s results are further evidence that the districts are rigged for Republicans and will bolster Democrats’ case in court.
9:40 a.m.
Turnout in Wisconsin’s midterm election is the highest on record, topping out at over 57 percent.
The hard-fought race for governor drove people to vote Tuesday, with the race for U.S. Senate close behind.
Based on unofficial totals, nearly 2.7 million people cast ballots. That comes to 57.2 percent of the voting-age population.
Democrat Tony Evers narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, thanks largely to massive turnout in Democratic strongholds of Dane and Milwaukee counties. Walker also underperformed in key Republican areas, like the suburban Milwaukee counties.
Walker lost by just over 1 percentage point of the vote, based on unofficial results.
9:35 a.m.
Democrat Josh Kaul is declaring himself Wisconsin’s next attorney general even though his race with Republican incumbent Brad Schimel remains too close to call.
Unofficial results Wednesday morning showed Kaul leading by almost 23,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point, with the unofficial vote nearly complete.
Schimel said in a statement that it “appears” Kaul has won, but he will wait for the official canvass.
Kaul called himself the attorney general in a brief appearance outside the Dane County courthouse Wednesday morning. He thanked his family and supporters and promised to work to expand Medicare coverage and withdraw the state from a federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.
9:15 a.m.
Gov. Scott Walker’s first comments since his election defeat are coming via Twitter, with the posting of a Bible verse.
Walker narrowly lost to Democrat Tony Evers in Tuesday’s election. While Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch vowed there would be a recount, and his campaign spokesman raised concerns about damaged ballots, Walker has not been heard from.
But shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Walker tweeted the Psalm “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”
Walker’s father, Llew Walker, was a Baptist preacher who died in October.
Unofficial results show that Evers defeated Walker by just over 1 percentage point. Only candidates who lose by less than a point can request a recount.
Evers declared victory early Wednesday morning.
9:06 a.m.
Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says it “appears” that Democrat Josh Kaul has won their race, but Schimel will wait until all votes are counted.
Schimel said in a statement Wednesday morning that he had spoken with Kaul and that if the margin doesn’t substantially change, he vowed to help with a smooth transition.
With the unofficial vote nearly complete, Kaul led by almost 23,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point. Losing candidates can request recounts if the margin is less than one point.


In one of the tightest races in 50 years, Tony Evers has won the Wisconsin Governor’s race.

Evers has defeated incumbent Scott Walker (R).

This is a breaking story, and we will have more details as they become available.

Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is telling supporters of Gov. Scott Walker to prepare for a recount.

The race between Walker and Democrat Tony Evers was too close to call early Wednesday morning. Kleefisch told supporters just before 1 a.m. that “the fight is not over.” She says, “We must ensure every valid vote in the state of Wisconsin is counted and we must be gracious no matter the outcome.”

Kleefisch says to prepare for a “long, drawn-out recount.”

If the difference between Walker and Evers is within 1 percentage point, a recount can be requested.

About 47,000 uncounted ballots in Milwaukee County could determine the winner of the race for Wisconsin governor.

The city of Milwaukee’s elections commissioner, Neil Albrecht, says 47,000 ballots were to be counted by 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tony Evers was too close to call as of midnight with 94 percent of precincts reporting. The lead flipped between the two throughout the night, sometimes as narrowly as a couple hundred votes.

If the winner ends up ahead by less than 1 percentage point, the loser can request a recount. If the margin is greater than 1 percent, there is no recount.

Wisconsin’s race for governor is shaping up to be the tightest in more than 50 years.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers are neck and neck with 90 percent of precincts reporting. The lead has been flipping back and forth through the night as more votes are counted. The lead has been as small as a couple hundred votes.

The last time a governor’s race was decided by less than 1 percentage point was in 1960, when the winner had just under 12,000 more than his opponent.

There is no automatic recount in Wisconsin. But if the loser is within 1 percentage point, he can request a recount.

Associated Press

Associated Press


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