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Tony Evers elected the next governor of Wisconsin over incumbent Scott Walker

Posted: 12:26 AM, Nov 07, 2018
Updated: 2018-11-07 08:39:58Z

State Superintendent Tony Evers defeated incumbent Gov. Scott Walker and will become the next governor of Wisconsin. 

Evers, a Democrat, won with 50 percent of the vote over the Republican governor Walker. 

The two were locked in a tight race, with the latest Marquette University Law poll showing the race at a dead heat. 

Walker has served as Wisconsin’s governor since 2011. 

Walker and Evers traded barbs over a number of topics, including healthcare. The two disagreed on whether Republicans would keep pre-existing conditions in the healthcare policy while dismantling other portions of the Affordable Care Act. 

A key element of Walker’s campaign was the issue of taxes, claiming if elected Evers would certainly raise them. In particular, he said Evers would raise the gas tax in the state of Wisconsin. Evers denied having such plans days before Election Day. 

The two also focused on education in Wisconsin. Evers, the state superintendent, said in a rally the night before the election he planned for a $1.5 billion increase in K-12 education. Walker touted his most recent school budget, which he claims gave $200 more per student.