Democrat Tony Evers defeated Republican Gov. Scott Walker in Wisconsin on Tuesday, denying Walker a third term after years of failed attempts to beat the prominent governor.
Evers, the state schools superintendent, had 49.6 percent of the vote to Walker’s 48.5 percent when the Associated Press called the race with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
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The race received national attention. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel notes that this campaign marked Walker's fourth run for governor in eight years, including an unsuccessful effort to recall him in the middle of his first term. The Journal also reports the win by Evers gives Democrats a grip on power in Wisconsin's Capitol for the first time in six years.
The New York Times discusses how Wisconsin has, over time, swung between progressivism and conservatism, the race between Walker and Evers became a struggle to define—or redefine—the state’s political identity.
Through 2018, there were concrete signs of surprising levels of Democratic energy around the state. Voters chose a liberal candidate to fill a State Supreme Court seat and elected Democrats in special elections to two state legislative seats that had long been held by Republicans.