The 2018 midterm election results are in

Evers wins gubernatorial race after record-breaking voter turnout

Madeline Fuerstenberg

More stories from Madeline Fuerstenberg

November 2, 2020

Photo by Savannah Reeves

As estimated 2.7 million Wisconsinites voted on Nov. 6, according to the Journal Sentinel.

As polls drew to a close on Nov. 6, a record-breaking number of voters have elected Tony Evers (D) as their new governor.

According to the Journal Sentinel, about 2.7 million Wisconsinites voted on Tuesday — roughly 60 percent of the voting-age population. About 46.9 percent of voters voted for Evers, narrowly winning against current Gov. Scott Walker (R), at 48.4 percent, according to The New York Times.

“As governor, I promise to focus on solving problems, not picking fights,” Evers said on his website. “Every single person has value, and if we are going to change the direction of our state, we must do it together.”

In the election for Wisconsin’s U.S. Senator, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) beat Leah Vukmir (R) with 55.4 percent of the vote.

With 67 percent of the vote, Jodi Emerson (D), an Eau Claire native, has been elected to represent Wisconsin’s 91st district on State Assembly.

Josh Kaul (D) has been elected Wisconsin’s Attorney General with 49.5 per- cent of the vote.

Doug La Follette (D) won the election for Secretary of State with 52.8 per- cent of the vote.

Sarah Godlewski (D) is Wisconsin’s Treasurer, winning with 50.9 percent of the vote.

According to The New York Times, five Republicans and three Democrats have been elected to Wisconsin’s U.S. House of Representatives. Wisconsin State Senate now comprises 11 Republicans and six Democrats. 63 Republicans and 35 Democrats have been elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly.

On a national scale, the U.S. House of Representatives has been tipped in favor of the Democratic Party, 220 to 195, according to The Guardian. U.S. Senate favors the Republican Party, 51-49.

In a press release issued by the Democratic National Committee, DNC Chair Tom Perez said the Democratic Party “is back.”

“Nothing is more powerful than the voice of the American people,” Perez said. “And they spoke out loud and clear: Donald Trump does not stand for our values, the Republican Party has failed to hold him accountable, and it’s time for bold Democratic leadership in Washington.”

According to CNN, a record number of women have been elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in this midterm election. Ninety- six women have been projected to obtain seats in the House.

The United States has elected its first Native American and first Muslim women into Congress. Colorado has elected the U.S.’s first openly-gay governor into office. Tennessee and Arizona have elected their first female senators. South Dakota has elected its first female governor. Texas has elected its first Hispanic woman to Congress.

In light of these historic political accomplishments, The Washington Post said:

“The results of the 2018 midterm election ushered in one of the most diverse groups of politicians in American history, bringing in a wave of governors, senators and representatives who will break decades or even centuries-long barriers when they are sworn in.”

Fuerstenberg can be reached at [email protected].