Wisconsin’s 2018 gubernatorial race was the closest of the past 50 years, but Republican Gov. Scott Walker will have to accept the loss: Walker is unable to call for a recount due to a law he implemented after the 2016 presidential election.
After President Donald Trump won Wisconsin by just 23,000 votes in 2016, Walker signed into law a measure mandating that recounts would be allowed only when candidates are projected to be within 1 percentage point of each other.
The law triggers a free recount if the margin is 0.25 percentage points or less. When it's between 0.25 and 1 points, the candidate projected to lose must petition and pay for a recount.
Brian Reisinger, Walker's campaign spokesman, told the AP that Walker wanted an examination of what he alleged were damaged ballots. He also wants to see the official canvas of the vote, which would show him Election Day results as well as results from absentee and accepted provisional ballots.
Evers declared victory at about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning, and later in the day, Walker announced he would concede the race:
"It has been my honor to serve as your Governor for nearly eight years. We've come a long way together and it is my sincere hope that the progress we've made during our time in office will continue and that we can keep Wisconsin working for generations to come," he said.