UPDATE: Milwaukee ballots could determine race

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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- About 47,000 uncounted ballots in Milwaukee County could determine the winner of the race for Wisconsin governor.

The city of Milwaukee's elections commissioner, Neil Albrecht, says 47,000 ballots were to be counted by 1 a.m. Wednesday.

The race between Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democrat Tony Evers was too close to call as of midnight with 94 percent of precincts reporting. The lead flipped between the two throughout the night, sometimes as narrowly as a couple hundred votes.

If the winner ends up ahead by less than 1 percentage point, the loser can request a recount. If the margin is greater than 1 percent, there is no recount.



MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Wisconsin's race for governor is shaping up to be the tightest in more than 50 years.

Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers are neck and neck with 90 percent of precincts reporting. The lead has been flipping back and forth through the night as more votes are counted. The lead has been as small as a couple hundred votes.

The last time a governor's race was decided by less than 1 percentage point was in 1960, when the winner had just under 12,000 more than his opponent.

There is no automatic recount in Wisconsin. But if the loser is within 1 percentage point, he can request a recount.



MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Democrat Tony Evers is clinging to a narrow lead over Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker.

The race was too close to call Tuesday with about two-thirds of precincts reporting totals.

Evers held a slim lead over Walker. The second-term governor was underperforming in several key Republican counties that he won in 2014 on his way to a second term.

Democrats were trying to defeat Walker in his fourth time on the ballot in eight years. He won a recall election in 2012.

Walker himself has said his race against Evers, the state schools chief since 2009, is the toughest for governor in his career. Wisconsin is nearly evenly divided between Republicans and Democrats, and President Donald Trump narrowly carried it in 2016.


9:05 p.m.

Republican attorney Bryan Steil (STY'-ill) has won outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan's Wisconsin congressional seat.

Steil is a Ryan protege. He defeated Democratic ironworker Randy Bryce on Tuesday to earn the right to represent southeastern Wisconsin's 1st Congressional District for the next two years. His victory denies bragging rights for Wisconsin Democrats, who had targeted the seat after Ryan announced in April that he wouldn't seek re-election.

Bryce nicknamed himself "Iron Stache," a play on his vocation and his thick mustache. He generated $6 million in contributions.

Steil worked for Ryan for a year in Washington. Ryan endorsed him. A super PAC aligned with Ryan launched ads trumpeting Bryce's nine arrests and branding Bryce a deadbeat for failing to pay child support.


8:58 p.m.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin says her win sends a "loud and clear message" that people in Wisconsin want a senator who will stand up for them against special interests.

Baldwin soundly defeated Republican state Sen. Leah Vukmir on Tuesday, winning a second term.

Baldwin was an early target for outside conservative groups that spent millions attacking her over the summer. But after Vukmir won the August primary, Baldwin outraised her more than 5-to-1.

Baldwin says in her remarks are prepared for delivery at her victory party that "Democrats, Republicans and Independents sent a loud and clear message tonight that they wanted a senator who works not for the special interests, but someone who works for you."


8:50 p.m.

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.


This item has been corrected to reflect that Baldwin won.


8 p.m.

Polls have closed in Wisconsin.

Polls closed at 8 p.m. statewide. They had been open since 7 a.m.

Local clerks will now begin tallying the ballots. That effort could take all night in some counties.

Top of the ticket races include the battle for governor between Republican incumbent Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers, the contest for U.S. Senate between Democratic incumbent Tammy Baldwin and Republican Leah Vukmir and 13 state Senate contests that will determine party control of the chamber.


12 p.m.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker says "it's up to the voters and God's will" as he campaigned on Election Day for a third term.

Speaking on WTMJ-AM, Walker said he was enjoying the end of the campaign as he travels the state on a bus with family and friends. The governor said he'll be working until 8 p.m. Tuesday when the polls close to get voters to turn out. Walker says he sees the choice between him and Democrat Tony Evers as a choice between moving forward or moving backward.

Evers continued his long-time Election Day tradition of going to vote at the Madison Public Library with his wife, Kathy Evers.


7:20 a.m.

Polls are open in Wisconsin's high stakes midterm election where voters will decide whether Republican Gov. Scott Walker will keep his job or turn it over to Democrat Tony Evers.

Walker is facing his toughest political challenge yet in Evers, who wants to return state government's top spot to Democrats for the first time since 2010.

Also on the top of the ticket is the U.S. Senate race in which Democrat Tammy Baldwin seeking a second term against Republican Leah Vukmir, a state senator. All of the U.S. House seats are on the ballot, too.

Voters are heading to the polls, some with umbrellas, as overcast skies and light rain fall across the state.


6:10 a.m.

It's too soon to tell what impact overcast skies, light rain, drizzle and snow showers will have on turnout this Election Day in Wisconsin.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. statewide. In addition to rain gear, voters will need to bring identification to the polls Tuesday.

That could be a Wisconsin driver's license, a state-issued photo ID card, a U.S. military ID card, a tribal ID card, a U.S. passport or a student photo ID issued by a Wisconsin university with an expiration date no later than two years after the date of issue.

Meanwhile, the Wisconsin Elections Commission says more than 547,000 absentee ballots have already been returned for this election, breaking a record set in 2014 for a midterm election.


1 a.m.

High-profile clashes for governor and the U.S. Senate top the ballot in Wisconsin.

In Tuesday's governor's race, Scott Walker faces Democrat Tony Evers as he goes for a third term that the Republican governor promises will be his last should he win.

Walker made history by defeating a recall in 2012, then mounted an unsuccessful presidential bid. Evers is the state schools chief.

The Senate race pits one of the most liberal members of Congress against a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump. Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Republican challenger Leah Vukmir disagreed on every major issue, from health care to immigration, abortion to tax policy.

Farther down the ballot, Democrats hope to seize outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan's seat and send former U.S. Sen. Herb Kohl's nephew to Congress.