Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers won another term in office, after defeating Republican challenger Tim Michels in their scramble for antiquities, according to three major networks.
Speaking from Milwaukee in the early hours of Wednesday, Michels said he called Evers to concede a goal. “Unfortunately the math doesn’t add up,” he said, adding that he wishes the Evers family well.
Evers won the seat for the first time in an uncomfortable 2018 after ousting incumbent Republican Governor Scott Walker. Going into 2022, he needed to recreate the same magic, with Wisconsin remaining one of the most purple states in the nation. While former President Donald Trump won the state by less than one point in 2016, four years later, President Joe Biden won the state by less than one point in 2020.
But since he was first elected, Evers has remained at war with Republican lawmakers in his state. The GOP-led state legislature has lobbied conservative policies its way, prompting Evers to veto more bills than any other governor in state history. He also received backlash from Wisconsin conservatives for his handling of the Covid pandemic, in addition to the Black Lives Matters protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020 after police shot Jacob Blake, a man Mr. Black, caught on camera and made public.
However, Evers managed to create a stark contrast between him and Michels: one who received Trump’s endorsement. Abortion became one of the top issues of the race, with Evers wanting to overturn state abortion bans already in effect through triggering legislation, while Michels wants abortions to remain banned with exceptions for rape and for the mother’s life.
The duo also clashed over a recent debate over election administration, with Michels promising to enact higher restrictions on voting in future elections.
Wisconsin governors have no term limits, meaning Evers is free to operate again in 2026.