An eight-year reign of Republican dominance and political muscle in this state came to an end Tuesday when Democrat Tony Evers defeated GOP Gov. Scott Walker, the central figure in Wisconsin politics for more than a decade.
On a night when Democrats retook the U.S. House and both parties piled up striking wins and equally striking losses, voters in Wisconsin turned the page on one of the nations best-known and most polarizing governors.
They did so by a very small margin, when a late tally of absentee ballots from Milwaukee County put the race out of reach for Walker. In the other marquee race in Wisconsin, Democratic U.S. Senate incumbent Tammy Baldwin won her own re-election bid handily against Republican Leah Vukmir.