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WLDY-WJBL NEWS 11-7-18

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Democrat Tony Evers has defeated Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a nailbiter, denying the polarizing Republican and one-time presidential candidate a third term.

Evers’ win on Tuesday is a huge victory for Democrats, who couldn’t find the recipe to take out Walker in three previous elections, including a 2012 recall.

Evers campaigned on the promise of cutting middle-class income taxes, eliminating a tax credit program for manufacturers and possibly raising the gas tax to pay for roads.

Evers is a former teacher who’s been state schools superintendent since 2009. He turned his understated personality to his advantage in the campaign, arguing that voters were tired of divisiveness and yearned for more collegial politics.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker’s first comments since his election defeat are coming via Twitter, with the posting of a Bible verse.

Walker narrowly lost to Democrat Tony Evers in Tuesday’s election. While Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch vowed there would be a recount, and his campaign spokesman raised concerns about damaged ballots, Walker has not been heard from.

But shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Walker tweeted the Psalm “This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

Walker’s father, Llew Walker, was a Baptist preacher who died in October.

Unofficial results show that Evers defeated Walker by just over 1 percentage point. Only candidates who lose by less than a point can request a recount.

Evers declared victory early Wednesday morning.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin has won a second term, fending off a challenge from a Republican who ran as a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump.

Baldwin led Leah Vukmir in fundraising and polls throughout the race.

Baldwin is one of the most liberal members of Congress. The differences between her and Vukmir were stark. They disagreed on almost every issue.

Baldwin made the campaign largely about health care and Vukmir’s opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Baldwin argued for keeping the law and its guarantee of insurance coverage for people with pre-existing conditions.

It was Wisconsin’s first Senate race where both major party candidates were women.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says it “appears” that Democrat Josh Kaul has won their race, but Schimel will wait until all votes are counted.

Schimel said in a statement Wednesday morning that he had spoken with Kaul and that if the margin doesn’t substantially change, he vowed to help with a smooth transition.

With the unofficial vote nearly complete, Kaul led by almost 23,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point. Losing candidates can request recounts if the margin is less than one point.

 

Incumbent Democrat Doug La Follette has won his 11th term as Wisconsin’s secretary of state.

La Follette defeated Republican mortgage officer Jay Schroeder in Tuesday’s elections.

Republicans over the years have stripped the secretary of state office of almost all of its powers. They also relocated the post to a tiny office in the state Capitol’s basement.

La Follette campaigned mostly on Democratic talking points, saying he supports working people and wants to expand access to health care as well as restore civility to politics.   Famous Wisconsin progressive “Fighting Bob” La Follette was Doug La Follette’s great-uncle.

For State Treasurer, Democrat Sarah Godlewski defeated Republican Travis Hartwig 51% to 47%.

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Almost all of Wisconsin’s congressional incumbents have retained their jobs.

Democrat Mark Pocan won re-election Tuesday in southern Wisconsin’s 2nd Congressional District; Democrat Ron Kind won another two years representing western Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District; and Democrat Gwen Moore won re-election in Milwaukee’s 4th Congressional District.

Republicans Jim Sensenbrenner and Sean Duffy retained their seats in southeastern Wisconsin’s 5th Congressional District and northern Wisconsin’s 7th Congressional District respectively.

Republican Bryan Steil won the open 1st Congressional District in southeastern Wisconsin while Republican incumbent Glenn Grothman held onto his seat in the 6th Congressional District in east-central Wisconsin.

 

From the Rusk County Clerks Office, a total of 78.2% of registered voters went to the polls in Rusk County Tuesday. A Great Turnout!! Six municipalities in the county asked for more ballots. The Village of Tony had a technical error and used paper ballots for the day. For how big of an election this was, all the municipalities did a great job and the call volume was much less than what was anticipated.

Here is a run down of the votes in Rusk County. For Governor, R Scott Walker had 3,801 votes and D Tony Evers had 2,184 votes. For US. Senate, R Leah Vukmir received 3,382 votes and D Tammy Baldwin had 2,654 votes. For Attorney General, R Brad Schimel had 3,676 votes and D Josh Kaul had 2,167. For Secretary of State, R Jay Schroeder received 3,566 votes and D Doug La Follette 2,418 votes. For State Treasurer RTravis Hartwig had 3,544 votes and D Sarah Godlewski 2,251 votes. For US. House District 7, R Sean Duffy had 3,882 votes and D Margaret Engebretson had 2,078 votes. In the State Senate 29th District, R Jerry Petrowski had 3,869 votes and D Richard Pulcher had 2,131. For the 87th State Assembly District R. James Edming had 4,071 votes and D. Elizabeth Riley had 1,985 votes.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republicans flipped a Democratic seat and held eight other key seats to maintain their majority in the state Senate.

The GOP went into Election Day with an 18-15 advantage in the Senate. Thirteen seats were in play, including eight Republican seats. Democrats needed to hold their five seats and flip three GOP seats to win a 17-16 majority.

But Republicans held their eight seats and Andre Jacque defeated Democratic incumbent Caleb Frostman on Tuesday night to ensure the GOP maintains at least an 18-15 advantage.

Republicans held their majority in the Assembly as well. The GOP has controlled both houses of the Legislature since 2011.


Republicans have maintained control of the state Assembly for two more years.

The GOP went into Tuesday’s elections with a 64-35 majority in the chamber, an all but insurmountable advantage. With 16 races still too close to call late Tuesday night, Republicans had a 50-33 edge. Not a single Republican incumbent had lost.

The GOP went into Election Day with an 18-15 edge in the Senate. Thirteen seats were in play, including eight Republican seats. Democrats needed to flip three of those seats to gain a 17-16 majority but as of late Tuesday not a single Republican incumbent had lost. Three GOP seats were still up for grabs, though.

Tuesday night at about 9:20, a Ladysmith Officer responded to the area of Eastmart on a report of a male walking on Highway 8 with a handgun. The reporting party advised he was driving and observed the male carrying the handgun as he drove past the male walking. According to the report, the Officer made contact with the male walking on East 3rd Street North at Edgewood who the officer id’d as Javier G. Colon, age 21. The Officer stopped and detained Colon and asked if he made the report to dispatch. Colon denied making the call and stated he saw a male near the Rusk County Fair Grounds near the Haunted House. City Officers checked the area and found no one. City Police stopped Colon and requestioned him. Colon was determined to be the originating caller. He was arrested and will be referred to the Rusk County District Attorney’s Office for disorderly Conduct and Obstructing an Officer.

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