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Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel Concedes Race To Josh Kaul

Incumbent Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel says that if the final vote shows he lost he will help make a smooth transition.

Update Nov. 19

Almost two weeks after the midterm elections, Wisconsin finally knows who its new attorney general will be. Republican incumbent Attorney General Brad Schimel conceded Monday to Democrat Josh Kaul. 

According to the AP, canvassed vote totals show Schimel lost by just over 17,000 votes. Even though Kaul's win was less than 1 percentage point and state law would allow a recount, Schimel said he wouldn't seek a recount.

Original Story Nov. 7 

The race for attorney general was too close to call Tuesday night after the election. However, Wednesday morning, incumbent Brad Schimel said it "appears'' that Democrat Josh Kaul has won the race.

Still, Schimel says he would wait until all votes are counted before conceding. Schimel said in a statement Wednesday morning that he had spoken with Kaul and that if the margin doesn't substantially change, he will help to make the transition smooth.

With the unofficial vote nearly complete, Kaul led by almost 23,000 votes, or less than 1 percentage point. Under Wisconsin law, recounts are only allowed if the margin is less than 1 percentage point.

LaToya was a reporter with WUWM from 2006 to 2021.
Lauren Sigfusson
Lauren became WUWM's digital producer in July 2018.
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