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Walker Concedes Defeat to Evers

Compiled from Associated Press reports
Updated: November 07, 2018 08:08 PM

Governor Scott Walker has conceded defeat to Democrat Tony Evers.

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Walker says he called Evers on Wednesday to concede defeat. The two-term Republican incumbent had held off conceding because the race was so close, but his campaign decided Wednesday there were not enough votes in play to change the outcome.

In a statement, Walker said, "First I want to thank God. Win or lose, God's abundant grace is more than enough for any of us. Next, I want to thank my family. Thank you to all of our amazing supporters who worked so hard and gave so much of their time, talent, and treasure to our efforts. Finally, thank you to the voters of the great State of Wisconsin."

He added Evers was gracious on the phone.

Based on unofficial results, Evers won by about 31,000 votes. His campaign declared victory in the early morning hours in Madison.

On Wednesday, he and Mandela Barnes, the lieutenant governor-elect, toured the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County. "There was never a question in my mind that we were going to win this race," he said. "Clearly we're tired, but we are excited about the transition plan we've put together."

Walker had expressed concern about 2,000 absentee ballots in Milwaukee that had been reconstructed due to errors or damage. But Walker's campaign says in a statement that it determined there weren't enough votes in question to change the outcome of the race.

Now he's offered full support of his staff and cabinet to Evers as he begins the transition process.

Evers is slated to be sworn into office Jan. 7. Barnes makes history because he will be the first African American Lt. Gov. in Wisconsin's history.

Evers' win 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 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.

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