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The 2018 Wisconsin gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018. It occurred concurrently with a Senate election in the state,
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to the state's U.S. House seats, and various other elections. Incumbent Republican Party (United States), Republican Governor Scott Walker (politician), Scott Walker sought re-election to a third term, and was challenged by Democratic Party (United States), Democratic candidate and then-Superintendent of Public Instruction of Wisconsin, Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, as well as Libertarian Party of Wisconsin, Libertarian Phil Anderson (politician), Phil Anderson and independent Margaret Turnbull, Maggie Turnbull. Evers, along with his running mate Mandela Barnes, managed to defeat Walker and Lieutenant Governor Rebecca Kleefisch in a closely fought and widely watched race, ending unified Republican control of the state. The result was considered "too close to call" on election night, with Walker and Evers being separated by a mere few hundred votes for much of the night as counties reported their results. Shortly after midnight on November 7, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Milwaukee County reported around 46,000 late absentee ballots. From those late ballots, Evers received 38,674 votes, or 84% of the total, and Walker 7,181, giving Evers a decisive lead. The race was called for him shortly after. Wisconsin was the only state in the 2018 United States gubernatorial elections, 2018 gubernatorial election cycle to elect a Democratic governor while voting more Republican than the national average. With a margin of 1.1%, this election was also the second-closest race of the 2018 gubernatorial election cycle, behind only 2018 Florida gubernatorial election, the election in Florida. Walker was one of two Republican incumbent governors to be defeated for re-election in 2018, the other being Bruce Rauner in neighboring 2018 Illinois gubernatorial election, Illinois.


Republican primary


Governor


Candidates


=Nominated

= * Scott Walker (politician), Scott Walker, incumbent Governor of Wisconsin, Governor


=Eliminated in primary

= * Robert Meyer, businessman and candidate for Mayor of Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, Sun Prairie in 2007


Endorsements


Results


Lieutenant Governor


Candidates


=Nominated

= * Rebecca Kleefisch, incumbent Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin, Lieutenant Governor


Results


Democratic primary


Governor

The primary election for the Democratic nomination featured a crowded field of candidates. The race was ultimately won by Tony Evers with around 40% of the vote.


Candidates


=Nominated

= * Tony Evers, Wisconsin State Superintendent of Public Instruction


=Eliminated in primary

= * Matt Flynn (politician), Matt Flynn, former chair of the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and retired partner at Quarles & Brady * Mike McCabe, former executive director of Wisconsin Democracy Campaign and candidate for the State Assembly in 1998 * Mahlon Mitchell, president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin and nominee for lieutenant governor in 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, 2012 * Josh Pade, lawyer * Kelda Roys, former state representative and candidate for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district, WI-02 in United States House of Representatives elections in Wisconsin, 2012#District 2, 2012 * Paul Soglin, Mayor of Madison, Wisconsin, Madison * Kathleen Vinehout, state senator and candidate for Governor of Wisconsin, governor in 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, 2012


= Withdrew

= * Mike Crute, liberal talk radio broadcaster (endorsed Mike McCabe) * Michele Doolan, businesswoman (endorsed Matt Flynn (politician), Matt Flynn) * Andy Gronik, businessman (still on ballot; endorsed Kelda Roys) * Bob Harlow, candidate for California's 18th congressional district, CA-18 in 2016 (endorsed Matt Flynn) * Kurt Kober, businessman (running for Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2018#Lieutenant Governor, lieutenant governor) * Jeff Rumbaugh, disability rights activist. (endorsed Mike McCabe) * Dana Wachs, state representative (still on ballot; endorsed Tony Evers)


=Declined

= * Chris Abele, Milwaukee County, Wisconsin, Milwaukee County County executive, Executive * Mark Bakken, businessman * Peter W. Barca, Peter Barca, Wisconsin State Assembly, State Representative and former U.S. Representative * Tom Barrett (Wisconsin politician), Tom Barrett, Mayor of Milwaukee, former U.S. Representative and nominee for Governor of Wisconsin, governor in 2010 and 2012. * John T. Chisholm, Milwaukee County District Attorney (endorsed Matt Flynn) * Kevin Conroy, president and CEO of Exact Sciences (company), Exact Sciences * Timothy Cullen, former state senator * Katherine Gehl, former president and CEO of Gehl Foods * Gordon Hintz, Minority Leader of the Wisconsin State Assembly, State Assembly * Brett Hulsey, former state representative and candidate for governor in Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014, 2014 * Ron Kind, U.S. Representative * James Kreuser, Kenosha County, Wisconsin, Kenosha County Executive * Joe Parisi, Dane County, Wisconsin, Dane County County executive, Executive * Mark Pocan, U.S. Representative * Jennifer Shilling, Democratic Leader of the Wisconsin State Senate, State Senate


Endorsements


Polling

An asterisk (*) denotes that a candidate withdrew before the primary but remains on the ballot.


Results


Lieutenant Governor

Mandela Barnes, a former state representative from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Milwaukee, defeated opponent Kurt Kober by a 2 to 1 margin for the nomination, becoming the first African American to be nominated by a major party for a Wisconsin gubernatorial ticket.


Candidates


=Nominated

= * Mandela Barnes, former state representative


=Eliminated in Primary

= * Kurt Kober, businessman


Results


Libertarian convention


Governor


Nominee

* Phil Anderson (politician), Phil Anderson, chairman of the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin, Wisconsin Libertarian Party and Libertarian nominee for the U.S. Senate in United States Senate election in Wisconsin, 2016, 2016


Endorsements


Lieutenant Governor


Nominee

* Patrick Baird, U.S. Navy veteran


Green Party primary


Governor


Candidates


=Nominated

= * Michael White


=Withdrew

= * Nick De Leon, pastor (endorsed Matt Flynn)


Results


Lieutenant Governor


Candidates


=Nominated

= * Tiffany Anderson


Results


Independent candidates


Governor

* Margaret Turnbull, Maggie Turnbull, astrobiologist


Lieutenant Governor

* Wil Losch, Turnbull's running mate


General election

Despite the fact that Scott Walker (politician), Scott Walker had won three prior races for Governor in 2010 Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2010, 2012 Wisconsin gubernatorial recall election, 2012, and 2014 Wisconsin gubernatorial election, 2014 by fairly comfortable margins, his bid for a third term was complicated by rising unpopularity due to his policies concerning public education and infrastructure. Walker also faced backlash for a deal his administration made with Taiwanese company Foxconn in Wisconsin, Foxconn in 2017 to create jobs in the state in exchange for around $4.5 billion in taxpayer subsidies. In 2018, the deal resulted in around $90 million of funding for roads being diverted to a stretch of Interstate 94, I-94 that was set to be near a future Foxconn plant from the rest of state. The poor condition of many roads around the state as well as the lack of work being done to redo them prompted a campaign where potholes were being labeled as “Scott”-holes. Walker's approval ratings were hobbled further by the unpopularity of Republican Party (United States), Republican President of the United States, U.S. President Donald Trump in Wisconsin. Walker himself sounded the alarm on this several times in early 2018 after Democrats won two special elections to the Wisconsin State Senate in typically Republican districts and an election to the Wisconsin Supreme Court. In April 2018, Walker warned that Wisconsin was “at risk of a red states and blue states, blue wave“ in November. The Walker campaign generally focused on promoting the popular parts of his record, such as a freeze on tuition at public universities and record low unemployment. The result was expected to be close, with a record $93 million spent on the race by the two major campaigns and special interest groups from in and out of the state. In the end, Walker was ultimately defeated by Democratic Party (United States), Democrat Tony Evers, who garnered a slightly more than 1% margin of victory, as Democrats swept every statewide race up for election.


Predictions


Polling


Results

Evers won the election by a 1.09% margin. , colspan="6" style="text-align:center;background-color: #e9e9e9;", General Election, November 6, 2018


Results by County

! style="text-align:left;", Dane , , 220,052 , , 74.69% , 69,206 , 23.49% , 5,365 , 1.82% , 150,846 , 51.20% , 294,623 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Dodge , 13,552 , 35.84% , , 23,516 , , 62.20% , 742 , 1.96% , 9,964 , 26.35% , 37,810 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Door , 8,151 , 48.01% , , 8,536 , , 50.27% , 292 , 1.72% , 385 , 2.27% , 16,979 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Douglas , , 11,034 , , 58.82% , 7,251 , 38.65% , 474 , 2.53% , 3,783 , 20.17% , 18,759 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Dunn , 8,667 , 46.96% , , 9,255 , , 50.14% , 535 , 2.90% , 588 , 3.19% , 18,457 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Eau Claire , , 26,768 , , 54.82% , 20,855 , 42.71% , 1,210 , 2.48% , 5,913 , 12.11% , 48,833 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Florence , 643 , 29.48% , , 1,503 , , 68.91% , 35 , 1.60% , 860 , 39.43% , 2,181 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Fond du Lac , 16,439 , 36.38% , , 27,941 , , 61.84% , 806 , 1.78% , 11,502 , 25.45% , 45,186 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Forest , 1,486 , 37.32% , , 2,421 , , 60.80% , 75 , 1.88% , 935 , 23.48% , 3,982 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Grant , , 9,665 , , 49.32% , 9,502 , 48.49% , 430 , 2.19% , 163 , 0.83% , 19,597 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Green , , 9,378 , , 54.87% , 7,333 , 42.91% , 379 , 2.22% , 2,045 , 11.97% , 17,090 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Green Lake , 2,633 , 32.17% , , 5,411 , , 66.12% , 140 , 1.71% , 2,778 , 33.94% , 8,184 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Iowa , , 6,674 , , 59.72% , 4,289 , 38.38% , 213 , 1.91% , 2,385 , 21.34% , 11,176 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Iron , 1,264 , 40.88% , , 1,785 , , 57.73% , 43 , 1.39% , 521 , 16.85% , 3,092 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Jackson , 3,713 , 46.32% , , 4,129 , , 51.51% , 174 , 2.17% , 416 , 5.19% , 8,016 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Jefferson , 16,018 , 41.98% , , 21,475 , , 56.28% , 664 , 1.74% , 5,457 , 14.30% , 38,157 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Juneau , 4,247 , 41.92% , , 5,689 , , 56.15% , 195 , 1.92% , 1,442 , 14.23% , 10,131 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Kenosha , , 34,481 , , 50.65% , 31,512 , 46.29% , 2,081 , 3.06% , 2,969 , 4.36% , 68,074 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Kewaunee , 3,572 , 37.60% , , 5,792 , , 60.97% , 135 , 1.42% , 2,220 , 23.37% , 9,499 , - ! style="text-align:left;", La Crosse , , 32,103 , , 56.24% , 23,537 , 41.23% , 1,441 , 2.52% , 8,566 , 15.01% , 57,081 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Lafayette , 3,135 , 47.76% , , 3,324 , , 50.64% , 105 , 1.60% , 189 , 2.88% , 6,564 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Langlade , 2,825 , 30.49% , , 5,712 , , 61.65% , 728 , 7.86% , 2,887 , 31.16% , 9,265 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Lincoln , 5,335 , 39.49% , , 7,865 , , 58.22% , 310 , 2.29% , 2,530 , 18.73% , 13,510 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Manitowoc , 13,513 , 38.00% , , 21,360 , , 60.07% , 683 , 1.92% , 7,847 , 22.07% , 35,556 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Marathon , 24,057 , 38.71% , , 36,886 , , 59.36% , 1,201 , 1.93% , 12,829 , 20.64% , 62,144 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Marinette , 6,193 , 35.58% , , 10,916 , , 62.72% , 296 , 1.70% , 4,723 , 27.14% , 17,405 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Marquette , 2,911 , 40.46% , , 4,143 , , 57.58% , 141 , 1.96% , 1,232 , 17.12% , 7,195 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Menominee , , 866 , , 76.50% , 233 , 20.58% , 33 , 2.92% , 633 , 55.92% , 1,132 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Milwaukee , , 262,124 , , 66.55% , 124,055 , 31.50% , 7,698 , 1.95% , 138,069 , 35.05% , 393,877 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Monroe , 6,969 , 41.48% , , 9,464 , , 56.34% , 366 , 2.18% , 2,495 , 14.85% , 16,799 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Oconto , 5,858 , 33.30% , , 11,490 , , 65.32% , 243 , 1.38% , 5,632 , 32.02% , 17,591 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Oneida , 7,850 , 40.05% , , 11,248 , , 57.39% , 502 , 2.56% , 3,398 , 17.34% , 19,600 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Outagamie , 36,290 , 43.51% , , 45,359 , , 54.38% , 1,765 , 2.12% , 9,069 , 10.87% , 83,414 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Ozaukee , 18,394 , 35.94% , , 32,069 , , 62.66% , 713 , 1.39% , 13,675 , 26.72% , 51,176 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Pepin , 1,333 , 42.52% , , 1,745 , , 55.66% , 57 , 1.82% , 412 , 13.14% , 3,135 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Pierce , 8,193 , 46.81% , , 8,740 , , 49.94% , 568 , 3.25% , 547 , 3.13% , 17,501 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Polk , 7,333 , 39.42% , , 10,866 , , 58.41% , 404 , 2.17% , 3,533 , 18.99% , 18,603 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Portage , , 18,007 , , 51.64% , 15,958 , 45.76% , 906 , 2.60% , 2,049 , 5.88% , 34,871 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Price , 2,585 , 38.70% , , 3,996 , , 59.83% , 98 , 1.47% , 1,411 , 21.13% , 6,679 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Racine , 40,498 , 46.45% , , 44,770 , , 51.35% , 1,922 , 2.20% , 4,272 , 4.90% , 87,190 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Richland , , 3,623 , , 51.37% , 3,285 , 46.58% , 145 , 2.06% , 338 , 4.79% , 7,053 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Rock , , 39,680 , , 58.04% , 26,904 , 39.35% , 1,782 , 2.61% , 12,776 , 18.69% , 68,366 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Rusk , 2,184 , 35.81% , , 3,797 , , 62.26% , 118 , 1.93% , 169 , 14.47% , 6,099 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Sauk , , 15,630 , , 54.02% , 12,615 , 43.60% , 687 , 2.37% , 3,015 , 10.42% , 28,932 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Sawyer , 3,484 , 42.50% , , 4,542 , , 55.41% , 171 , 2.09% , 1,058 , 12.91% , 8,197 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Shawano , 6,121 , 34.01% , , 11,478 , , 63.77% , 401 , 2.23% , 5,357 , 29.76% , 18,000 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Sheboygan , 20,801 , 39.07% , , 31,520 , , 59.20% , 926 , 1.74% , 10,719 , 20.13% , 53,247 , - ! style="text-align:left;", St. Croix , 16,690 , 41.65% , , 22,108 , , 55.17% , 1,272 , 3.17% , 5,418 , 13.52% , 40,070 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Taylor , 2,269 , 28.05% , , 5,690 , , 70.35% , 129 , 1.59% , 3,421 , 42.30% , 8,088 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Trempealeau , 5,393 , 44.01% , , 6,623 , , 54.04% , 239 , 1.95% , 1,230 , 10.04% , 12,255 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Vernon , , 6,550 , , 50.13% , 6,276 , 48.03% , 240 , 1.84% , 274 , 2.10% , 13,066 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Vilas , 4,510 , 36.03% , , 7,814 , , 62.42% , 195 , 1.56% , 3,304 , 26.39% , 12,519 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Walworth , 17,394 , 38.26% , , 27,088 , , 59.59% , 977 , 2.15% , 9,694 , 21.32% , 45,459 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Washburn , 3,292 , 41.59% , , 4,461 , , 56.35% , 163 , 2.06% , 1,169 , 14.77% , 7,916 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Washington , 18,703 , 26.51% , , 50,958 , , 72.23% , 884 , 1.25% , 32,255 , 45.72% , 70,545 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Waukesha , 72,131 , 32.52% , , 146,699 , , 66.14% , 2,977 , 1.34% , 74,568 , 33.62% , 221,807 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Waupaca , 8,143 , 36.23% , , 13,909 , , 61.89% , 421 , 1.87% , 5,766 , 25.66% , 22,473 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Waushara , 3,742 , 35.21% , , 6,719 , , 63.21% , 168 , 1.58% , 2,977 , 28.01% , 10,629 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Winnebago , 35,610 , 47.01% , , 38,368 , , 50.65% , 1,775 , 2.34% , 2,758 , 3.64% , 75,753 , - ! style="text-align:left;", Wood , 13,638 , 41.23% , , 18,871 , , 57.04% , 572 , 1.73% , 5,233 , 15.82% , 33,081


Aftermath

Despite the close result, Scott Walker (politician), Scott Walker was unable to request a election recount, recount due to a law he had signed himself two years prior, which requires the margin of difference to be within 1%.


Lame duck legislative session

Early in December 2018, a special legislative session was called by Walker to pass a series of bills to limit the powers of Governor-elect Evers, as well as incoming Democratic Party (United States), Democratic State attorney general Josh Kaul who had 2018 Wisconsin elections#Attorney General, defeated incumbent Brad Schimel. Other bills being considered included restrictions on early voting and the passage of Medicaid work requirements, which Walker had previously held off on due to the election. A similar law restricting early voting that was passed several years prior had been ruled as unconstitutional. The bills were widely denounced by Democrats and others as a “power grab.” Congresswoman Gwen Moore described the move as a “coup” that “hijacked the voters’ will.” Walker and other Republicans meanwhile argued that the bills were necessary ”Separation of powers, checks on power” and that they did not actually strip any real powers from the executive. Lawsuits were filed by Evers and various Trade union, labor unions almost immediately after Walker signed the bills into law.


See also

*2018 Wisconsin elections *2018 United States gubernatorial elections *2018 United States elections


Notes


References


External links


Candidates
at Vote Smart
Candidates
at Ballotpedia ;Official campaign websites
Phil Anderson (L) for GovernorArnie Enz (WI Party) for GovernorTony Evers (D) for GovernorRobbie Hoffman (I) for GovernorMaggie Turnbull (I) for GovernorScott Walker (R) for GovernorMichael White (G) for Governor
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