On Monday, incumbent Attorney General Brad Schimel (R) officially announced he would not seek a recount in his race, conceding to Josh Kaul (D). After the county certification of results had narrowed the margin to 0.65% Schimel could request a recount under the law – though he would have had to pay for it.
This was the final race outstanding where a candidate had not indicated if he/she would request a recount. The only other race under consideration was Assembly District 14, but Matt Adamczyk (R) conceded to Robyn Vining (D) last week. The 14th AD was the only legislative district to flip from Republican control to Democrat control.
Kaul gave his first wide-ranging interview since the election that aired Sunday. In it, he said he would withdraw Wisconsin from the lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act, defend the legislatures redistricting maps, and work with the legislature on expanding access to substance abuse treatment. He did not get into specifics, but said he would be better than Schimel at “holding polluters accountable”.
Statewide Constitutional Officers will look like this come January:
- Governor Tony Evers (D)
- Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes (D)
- Attorney General Josh Kaul (D)
- State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski (D)
- Secretary of State Doug La Follette (D)