Note: Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes start at about 12 minutes into the video
MADISON, Wis. (WXOW) – In a wild back and forth campaign, it was no surprise that on election day, the trend would continue.
It was early Wednesday morning before challenger Tony Evers declared victory over Scott Walker in the race for Wisconsin governor.
As of early Wednesday morning, with more than 2.6 million votes counted, and 13 of the state’s 3,676 precincts left to count, Tony Evers led Scott Walker by roughly 29,000 votes.
Evers and running mate Mandela Barnes spoke to their supporters around 1:30 a.m. about their campaign.
“We all knew it was time for a change in Wisconsin. Divide and conquer does not work for our state and it never will,” said Barnes during his introduction of Evers. “This has been a wild night, but in the end, we prevailed, decency won.”
After thanking supporters, Evers said, “Given all the results we have seen tonight, I feel confident in saying to you right now that my name is Tony Evers and I’m going to be the next governor of the State of Wisconsin.”
He then briefly laid out a bipartisan tone in looking forward to working with Republicans in Madison. He talked about the issues he focused on in his campaign-better education, better roads, and better healthcare.
On the Republican side, in remarks given by Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch, she said the they are preparing for the likelihood of a recount. In a statement to supporters gathered in Pewaukee, she said in part, “First and foremost, we must respect the process. We must ensure that every valid vote in the state of Wisconsin is counted. And we must be gracious whatever the outcome. It is with respect for this democratic process and concern for the plight of every hard-working family in the state of Wisconsin that we are preparing for the likelihood of a recount here in the state of Wisconsin.”
According to the Wisconsin Elections Commission, state law allows for a recount if there is a one percent or less difference between the two candidates, a recount may be requested.
The difference between Evers and Walker is two percent as of early Wednesday morning in unofficial results.
Shortly after Evers spoke, Walker’s campaign alleged that “thousands of ballots were damaged and had to be recreated” in the election.