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Wis. Voter Turnout Sets Midterm Record; Minn. Highest Since 2002

Turnout in Wisconsin's midterm election is the highest on record, topping out at over 57 percent. Turnout in Wisconsin's midterm election is the highest on record, topping out at over 57 percent. |  Photo: WDIO

The Associated Press
Updated: November 07, 2018 11:12 AM

Turnout in Wisconsin's midterm election is the highest on record, while Minnesota saw the highest midterm turnout since 2002.

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The hard-fought race for Wisconsin governor drove people to vote Tuesday, with the race for U.S. Senate close behind.

Based on unofficial totals, nearly 2.7 million people cast ballots. That comes to 57.2 percent of the voting-age population.

Democrat Tony Evers narrowly defeated Republican incumbent Gov. Scott Walker, thanks largely to massive turnout in Democratic strongholds of Dane and Milwaukee counties. Walker also underperformed in key Republican areas, like the suburban Milwaukee counties.

Walker lost by just over 1 percentage point of the vote, based on unofficial results.

Meanwhile, according to preliminary estimates from the Minnesota Secretary of State's Office, nearly 2.6 million residents voted in-person on Tuesday or by absentee ballot. That's about 63.8 percent of eligible voters in the state.

Midterm election turnout hasn't been that high since 2002, when turnout was 64.9 percent during President George W. Bush's first term.

A high turnout among Democrats helped them overcome an 11-seat deficit to grab control of the state House. Democrats Tim Walz and Tina Smith won the governor and Senate races, while Angie Craig and Dean Phillips knocked off Republican incumbents to flip two U.S. House seats.

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