Governor’s Race Undecided on Election Night

Author: Sam Buisman

The Wisconsin governor’s race was too close to call on Tuesday night.

At press time, Democratic challenger Tony Evers edged ahead of Republican incumbent Scott Walker by 304 votes, with 89% of precincts reporting according to WisconsinVote.org. This placed the race within a 0.01% margin between the two candidates.

Many Wisconsin countries are still tallying their votes. Only 48.1% of precincts have been accounted for in Langlade County, which so far has split for Walker by a 18.5-point margin, according to Axios. In a similar vein, 47.2% of precincts have reported from Calumet County, in which voters also leaned toward Walker thus far by 35.8 points. Forty-seven thousand absentee votes are still expected to be counted in Milwaukee County, according to the Journal Sentinel, with voters there vying for Every by 31 points at press time.

Statewide polling taken right before the election indicated that the race would be close. An Oct. 31 poll released by Marquette University Law School found the two candidates tied at 47% amongst likely voters.

Other down-ballot races were also neck-and-neck when WSUM went to press. Republican incumbent Brad Schimel held a narrow lead of roughly 10 thousand votes in the attorney general’s race against Democratic challenger Josh Kaul, placing the election at a 0.48% split according to WisconsinVote.org. The treasurer’s race had also not been called despite a wider margin between the candidates, with Democrat Sarah Godlewski holding a lead of roughly 65 thousand votes over Republican Travis Hartwig.

WSUM will issue updates as votes continue to come in.