With 100% of the precincts reporting, Walker has a 53% to 46% lead over Barrett. Turnout for the election was heavy with nearly 2.5 million votes being cast.
Democrats had to win just one of the four state Senate seats up for election and it appears they have. Democrat John Lehman is claiming victory in his race against Republican state Senator Van Wanggaard in the Racine area. With 100% of the vote reporting Lehman has 36,255 votes to Wanggard’s 35,476. The 879 vote margin is 1.25% of the vote which is too large for an automatic recount. Wisconsin will automatically recount the votes if the margin is less than one percent. If the margin is larger than that there can be a recount, but the candidate requesting it must pay for it.
How did we get to today? The UpTake’s Jacob Wheeler has put together a timeline of The UpTake’s coverage of Wisconsin’s historic battle over workers’ rights.