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+Tony Evers/Mandela Barnes (D)
1,324,307
49.54%
Scott Walker/Rebecca Kleefisch (R) i
1,295,080
48.44%
Phillip Anderson/Patrick Baird (L)
20,225
0.76%
Maggie Turnbull/Will Losch (I)
18,884
0.71%
Michael J. White/Tiffany Anderson (I) [G]
11,087
0.41%
Arnie Enz (I)
2,745
0.1%
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scattering
966
0.04%

2,673,308

Plurality 29,227 votes (1.10 percentage points).
WI Elections Commission




DEMOCRATIC PICK UP
Notes
: Gov. Scott Walker (R) lost a closely fought campaign to State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Tony Evers (D)There were four other candidates on the November ballot: Phil Anderson (L), Michael White (G) Arnie Enz (WI) and Maggie Turnbull (I), all of whom obtained less than 1-percent of the vote.

Walker, first elected in 2010, survived a recall in 2012, then won re-election in 2014; he also made a short run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination in 2015 (+).
 

Evers emerged from a crowded Democratic field, winning the Aug. 14 primary with 41.8% of the vote, followed by Mahlon Mitchell (16.3%), Kelda Helen Roys (12.8%), Kathleen Vinhout (8.2%), Mike McCabe (7.4%), Matt Flynn (5.9%), Paul Soglin (5.2%).

The two major party candidates held their first debate, hosted by the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association, in Madison on Oct. 19 (+).  A second debate hosted by TMJ4 took place at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee on Oct. 26 (+).

In addition to expeditures by the two campaigns, Wisconsin Democracy Campaign documented record spending by outside groups including an estimated $13.5 million from the DGA through A Stronger Wisconsin and $10.9 million from the RGA through Right Direction Wisconsin PAC and ACC Wisconsin PAC (+). Turnout was a record of "just over 59 percent."  In addition to Evers' win, Josh Kaul, the Democratic candidate for Attorney General, defeated incumbent Brad Schimel (R).



Campaign Managers:
Scott Walker:  Joe Fadness
(May 2017) Senior advisor to Gov. Walker, Sept. 2015-May 2017.  Ballot access director and delegate strategy on Walker's presidential campaign, July-Sept. 2015.  Executive director (Jan. 2013-July 2015) and political director (Aug.-Dec. 2012) of the Wisconsin Republican Party.  Campaign manager at Eric Hovde for U.S. Senate, Feb.-Aug. 2012.  Director of external relations for Gov. Scott Walker, Jan. 2011-Feb. 2012.  Operations director at Friends of Scott Walker, June 2007-Nov. 2010.  Advance representative for the White House, May 2005-Dec. 2008.  B.A. in political science, business administration from Marquette University, 2007.  Fadness interned for Walker when he was Milwaukee County Executive.


Tony Evers:  Maggie Gau
(from late Jan. 2018 succeeding Nathan Henry)  Started as the campaign's spokesperson.  Gau has about a decade working in Wisconsin politics.  Chief of staff for state Rep, Chris Taylor (Madison) and state Sen. Janis Ringhand (Evansville), and previously worked for then-state Rep. Ann Hraychuck (Balsam Lake).  Deputy political director on Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.  Graduate of UW Madison.  Originally from Wausau. 





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