Election 2022

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Candidates concede, voting smooth in first major election since Trump conspiracies

BY: - November 9, 2022

After two years of Republican agitation about election fraud and warnings that the 2022 midterm elections would be overrun by unruly and even violent election observers, the voters of Wisconsin were able to cast their ballots safely while the results have been accepted by the losing candidates.  In the early morning hours of Wednesday, candidates […]

Voters in Milwaukee and surrounding suburbs go to the polls on Election Day 2022 | Photo by Isiah Holmes

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

BY: - November 9, 2022

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 […]

Right-wing protesters gather outside the Maricopa County Elections Department on Nov. 4, 2020, demanding that all ballots for Donald Trump be counted. Inside the building, election workers were busy counting hundreds of thousands of ballots. Photo by Jerod MacDonald-Evoy | Arizona Mirror

Election deniers lose attempts to control elections in critical battleground states

BY: - November 9, 2022

Several prominent Republican candidates who denied the results of the 2020 election lost their races on Tuesday, but other critical races featuring election deniers have not been called.  Going into Election Day, election deniers were on the ballot in around half of the races for governor and secretary of state and one-third of the races […]

Gov. Tony Evers addresses the media after casting his ballot on Nov. 8, 2022 | Photo by Henry Redman

Evers wins re-election as voters split their tickets in other state races

BY: - November 9, 2022

Democratic Gov. Tony Evers won a second term Tuesday night, defeating Republican Tim Michels, executive of a family- owned construction company in an election night that showed Wisconsin to be politically split right down the middle.  Michels conceded the race at about 20 minutes after midnight Wednesday, as Evers’s lead grew with more than 97% […]

Toney concedes, Kaul holds on for minuscule win in attorney general race

BY: - November 9, 2022

Democratic Attorney General Josh Kaul narrowly eked out a win in his reelection campaign against Fond du Lac County District Attorney Eric Toney. With more than 95% of votes cast across the state, Kaul’s lead was less than 5,000 votes — an exceedingly close election even for a state known for nail biters.  Around 1:20 […]

No GOP ‘wave,’ but Republicans could still gain control of U.S. House

BY: , and - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON — Republicans fell short of their greatest ambitions for major gains in the U.S. House, with control of the chamber still in doubt early Wednesday. Republicans are still likely to narrowly win control of the U.S. House, based on expert projections. But of 20 races rated by elections forecaster Inside Elections as true toss-ups, […]

Van Orden wins seat in 3rd Congressional District

BY: - November 9, 2022

Retired Navy SEAL Derrick Van Orden has defeated state Sen. Brad Pfaff in the race for the open seat in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District.  Van Orden is headed to the U.S. House of Representatives two years after he lost a race for the same seat to incumbent Democratic Rep. Ron Kind, who had represented the […]

Gov. Tony Evers votes on Election Day, Nov. 8 2022 | Photo by Henry Redman

Election Day 2022 live feed: Evers wins re-election

BY: - November 9, 2022

As voters go to the polls for the Tuesday, Nov. 8 midterm elections, and as results are tallied, Examiner staff will be continuously updating our site with live coverage of the races for Wisconsin governor, U.S. Senate and the Legislature, as well as covering how the voting itself is going. Check back for updates.

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Republicans fall short of legislative supermajority

BY: - November 9, 2022

This piece was updated to reflect vote totals as of 12:45 p.m. Wednesday. It seems unlikely that Republicans will secure the veto-proof majorities in the Legislature that would give them the power to override Gov. Tony Evers’ vetoes. State Sen. Melissa Agard (D – Madison) said while it was too early to tell in some […]

U.S. Senate control too close to call as multiple states grapple with tight vote counts

BY: , and - November 9, 2022

WASHINGTON —  Control of the U.S. Senate remained unclear early Wednesday as races in a handful of swing states in the midterm elections were still too close to call, and it appeared it might be days — or even weeks — before a final result was known. But Democrats flipped the open Pennsylvania Senate seat, which Republicans […]

Wisconsin’s least competitive legislative races happening Tuesday

BY: - November 8, 2022

A handful of Wisconsin’s legislative races are expected to be competitive and play a decisive role in whether Republicans win supermajorities in the Senate and Assembly. The remaining races are mostly noncompetitive with candidates facing weak opposition or none at all. While election seasons typically include less competitive races, recent redistricting has played a role […]

Gov. Tony Evers vetoes bills making it harder to vote on Aug. 10 | Evers' YouTube

Conservative ad accuses Evers of racism against white students

BY: - November 8, 2022

A new political advertisement against Gov. Tony Evers is pushing the bounds of race-baiting tactics during Wisconsin’s midterm election. Paid for by a conservative political action committee called Restoration PAC the ad, which is called “poison,” implies that Evers supports judging students by the color of their skin, particularly white students. The ad appeared online […]