Secretary of state margin tight; final numbers confirm wins for Evers, Kaul, Leiber

By: - November 9, 2022 3:57 pm
Voters in Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs go to the polls on Election Day 2022 | Photo by Isiah Holmes

(Photo by Isiah Holmes)

The race for Wisconsin secretary of state remained in limbo Wednesday afternoon as vote-counting wound up in the state’s five contests for statewide office.

Democrat Doug La Follette, who has held the secretary of state’s office for four decades and was re-elected with little difficulty through most of that tenure, held a margin of just over 7,000 votes with 99% of the ballots counted. 

La Follette was ahead of his Republican challenger, State Rep. Amy Loudenbeck, 48.3% to 48%, according to unofficial totals from the Associated Press. Two third-party candidates garnered the remaining 3.7% between them

The secretary of state race was the only one of the statewide offices for which the AP had not called a winner as of 3 p.m. Wednesday.

In the governor’s race, near-final numbers reported Wednesday gave Democratic incumbent Tony Evers and his running mate, outgoing state Rep. Sara Rodriguez, 52.2% to 47.8% for Republican Tim Michels, who conceded Tuesday night, and his running mate, outgoing state Sen. Roger Roth. Evers won re-election with a lead just short of 90,000 votes.

The AP called the attorney general’s race for Democratic incumbent Josh Kaul at 1:44 p.m. Wednesday, a dozen hours after Republican Eric Toney had conceded and Kaul claimed victory. Kaul finished with 50.6% of the vote, 34,000 votes ahead of Toney’s 49.4%.

The AP called the state treasurer’s race at 1:56 p.m. Wednesday for Republican John Leiber. Leiber had 49.7% of the vote and a margin of 39,000 over Fitchburg Mayor Aaron Richardson, who finished with 48.1%. A third-party candidate, Andrew Zuelke, finished with the remaining 2.2%.


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Erik Gunn
Erik Gunn

Deputy Editor Erik Gunn reports and writes on work and the economy, health policy and related subjects, for the Wisconsin Examiner. He spent 24 years as a freelance writer for Milwaukee Magazine, Isthmus, The Progressive, BNA Inc., and other publications, winning awards for investigative reporting, feature writing, beat coverage, business writing, and commentary. An East Coast native, he previously covered labor for The Milwaukee Journal after reporting for newspapers in upstate New York and northern Illinois. He's a graduate of Beloit College (English Comp.) and the Columbia School of Journalism. Off hours he is the Examiner's resident Springsteen and Jackson Browne fanboy and model railroad nerd.