In an extremely close contest, state Rep. David Crowley has been declared the winner in the race for Milwaukee County executive. Crowley beat out state Sen. Chris Larson, who says he's not ready to concede.
Out of all the elections that were called in Milwaukee on Monday, this one took the longest. For hours Rep. David Crowley held the lead with razor-thin margins, prompting many news outlets to call the race prematurely. But Sen. Chris Larson's campaign held out hope as his supporters waited for a final batch of ballots from Wauwatosa to be counted. But by 9:30 p.m., it was clear that Crowley had the lead with 1,039 more votes.
“I do not take lightly the fact that I am entering office in unprecedented times and in the middle of a public health crisis. However, tonight I am both proud and hopeful,” Crowley said in a statement on Facebook.
But Larson isn't giving up just yet. He said in a statement, "Don't let anyone tell you otherwise: this race is far from over. In an election where voters faced unprecedented hurdles to the ballot box, it's essential that we count each and every vote before making a decision."
The election for Milwaukee County executive took place during a global COVID-19 pandemic that brought traditional campaigning to a halt. Many voters who requested absentee ballots never received them. Others went to the polls, wearing protective masks and gloves.
As the numbers stand, Larson is within the 1% margin to request a recount — an option that his campaign is open to.