Election 2022

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 […]

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Waukesha Co. Judge denies right-wing attempt to stop count of military absentee ballots

BY: - November 7, 2022

A Waukesha County judge on Monday denied a last minute attempt by a right-wing group to bar absentee ballots cast by members of the military from being counted on Tuesday in order to verify that those votes come from real people.  The case was brought by the right-wing Thomas More Society on behalf of a […]

ADAM STEEN announces in Burlington, Wisconsin Thursday August 18, 2022 that he will be a write-in candidate in the November general election in his bid to unseat State Rep. Robin Vos (R-Rochester), the Assembly Speaker. His campaign slogan is “Toss Vos.” He shows Vos campaign literature which he said spread lies about him. Vos, who normally cruises to victory in elections, beat Trump-endorsed Steen who lost by only 260 votes in the August 9 primary. Vos appointed former state Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman last year to investigate the 2020 election, but said it could not legally be de-certified. Trump then turned on Vos for not doing more to contest the election. Steen entered the race saying Vos is not conservative enough. Vos has consistently endorsed Gableman’s election probe but fired him after the primary election after Gableman endorsed Steen’s candidacy. / Photo © Mark Hertzberg. Not for reuse.

Trump calls Vos ‘horrendous RINO’ in recorded robocall on behalf of write-in challenger Steen

BY: - November 7, 2022

Former President Donald Trump is again attempting to oust Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Rochester) from his seat in the Legislature.  In the days before the Nov. 8 midterm election, Trump recorded a robocall on behalf of Adam Steen in which Trump calls Vos a “horrendous RINO,” (the acronym stands for Republican In Name Only). Steen, […]

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Seeking to bring peace, ensure justice, clergy prepare to stand watch at the polls

BY: - November 7, 2022

Along with elections workers and poll watchers, Wisconsin voters may encounter faith leaders when they go to the polls on Tuesday. Clergy of several faiths are volunteering to serve as poll chaplains on Election Day. They will be there, organizers say, to provide support and comfort for voters and poll workers. And in a time […]

Sen. Bernie Sanders rallies young people ahead of Election Day in Madison

BY: - November 7, 2022

UW-Madison students with their phone cameras trained on stage waited in anticipation to catch the moment Senator Bernie Sanders emerged at the Orpheum Theater on Friday night.  The Vermont senator and unsuccessful presidential candidate visited Madison in a last-ditch attempt to get out the vote for Democratic candidate Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, who is challenging […]

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WEC Administrator welcomes observers, warns that votes take time to count

BY: - November 7, 2022

Just days before the 2022 midterm elections, Wisconsin Elections Commission (WEC) Administrator Meagan Wolfe appeared at a virtual news conference Friday to outline how the state’s election processes are secure and detail the ways in which the system is protected.  Wolfe’s appearance came the day after it was announced that a city of Milwaukee election […]

A Stop The Steal is posted inside of the Capitol Building after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows in the deadly insurrection attempt aimed at stopping Congress from certifying Joe Biden's win in the November election. Photo by Jon Cherry | Getty Images

Conspiracy theorists urge voting as late as possible on Election Day to ‘stop the steal’

BY: - November 7, 2022

A close ally of Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has a plan that she claims will help win him the election and prevent voter fraud: She wants voters to cast their ballots “as late in the day as possible” on Election Day.  Conspiracy theorist Toni Shuppe, who has ties to QAnon and who is […]