Connect with us

Politics

Wisconsin governor Scott Walker loses to Democrat Tony Evers

Published

on


Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Wisconsin Gov. Scott
Walker

Scott Olson/Getty
Images


  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker lost the state’s gubernatorial
    race to Democrat Tony Evers in
    Tuesday’s Midterm elections. 
  • Democrat Tony Evers narrowly led the Wisconsin gubernatorial
    race against Walker 49.6% to 48.4%, or by 1.2%, as of Tuesday
    morning.
  • After the 2016 presidential election, Walker signed into law
    that future recounts would only be allowed when the loser is
    within 1% of the winner.

Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s Republican governor, was ousted from
office in the state’s closest governor’s race in more than 50
years in
Tuesday’s midterm elections
— and he won’t be able to ask for
a recount because of a law he put into place.

With 99% of votes reported on Wednesday morning, Democrat Tony
Evers narrowly led the Wisconsin gubernatorial race against
Walker 49.6% to 48.4%, according
to the Associated Press
.

After President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by just 23,000 votes,
Walker signed into law a measure mandating that future recounts
would only be allowed when the loser is within 1% of the winner.

The law triggers a free recount if the margin is 0.25% or less.
When the margin is between 0.25 and 1%, the losing candidate must
petition and pay for a recount.

As it stands, Walker is 1.2% behind Evers, with a gap of about
31,000 votes. More than 2.6 million votes were cast in the
election.


Read more:


Midterm key takeaways: Trump’s message flops, and Democrats set
the stage for 2020


Walker’s campaign spokesman, Brian Reisinger, told the Associated
Press that he wants allegedly damaged ballots to be examined.

He also wants to see the official canvass of the vote, which
would show him Election Day results, as well as results from
absentee ballots and accepted provisional ballots.

Evers declared victory at about 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday with
almost all precincts reporting, according to
The Wisconsin State Journal
.

His win also means his running mate, Mandela Barnes, will become
Wisconsin’s first African-American lieutenant governor.

Moments before the race was called, Walker’s Lt. Gov. Rebecca
Kleefisch said she was prepared for a “long, drawn-out recount,”
but would be “gracious no matter the outcome.”

Walker’s loss means he misses out on a third term as governor,
despite just three years ago being seen as a front-runner in the
2016 presidential election.

Continue Reading
Advertisement Find your dream job

Trending