Walker doesn’t concede to Evers
MILWAUKEE — Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is not conceding defeat to Democrat Tony Evers.
Unofficial results show Evers beat Walker by about 29,000 votes, or just over 1 percentage point, out of more than 2.6 million votes cast. State law only permits recounts for losing candidates who are within 1 percentage point.
Walker campaign spokesman Brian Reisinger says “we need the official canvass and for military ballots to be counted before any decision can be made.”
Kleefisch says prepare for recount
Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch is telling supporters of Walker to prepare for a recount.
The race between Walker and Evers was too close to call early Wednesday morning. Kleefisch told supporters just before 1 a.m. that “the fight is not over.” She says, “We must ensure every valid vote in the state of Wisconsin is counted and we must be gracious no matter the outcome.”
Kleefisch says to prepare for a “long, drawn-out recount.”
If the difference between Walker and Evers is within 1 percentage point, a recount can be requested.
Milwaukee ballots could determine race
About 47,000 uncounted ballots in Milwaukee County could determine the winner of the race for Wisconsin governor.
The city of Milwaukee’s elections commissioner, Neil Albrecht, says 47,000 ballots were to be counted by 1 a.m. Wednesday.
The race between Walker and Evers was too close to call as of midnight with 94 percent of precincts reporting. The lead flipped between the two throughout the night, sometimes as narrowly as a couple hundred votes.
Walker, Evers tightest race in 50 years
Wisconsin’s race for governor is shaping up to be the tightest in more than 50 years.
Walker and Evers were neck and neck with 90 percent of precincts reporting. The lead has been flipping back and forth through the night as more votes are counted. The lead has been as small as a couple hundred votes.
The last time a governor’s race was decided by less than 1 percentage point was in 1960, when the winner had just under 12,000 more than his opponent.
There is no automatic recount in Wisconsin.
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