Gov. Scott Walker's hopes for a third term were dashed early Wednesday when vote totals confirmed Democratic challenger Tony Evers won the race.
Evers, the state's superintendent of schools, claimed 49.6 percent of the vote to Walker's 48.4 percent, an advantage of just 1.2 percent, according to unofficial totals. Third party candidates received the remaining handful of votes.
Walker had not conceded as of early Wednesday. He is considering calling for a recount, his running mate, Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, said. Final totals would have to show the race within 1 percentage point for the race to be eligible for a recount.
More than 2.6 million votes were cast in the race decided by about 30,000 votes.
"It's time for a change, folks," Evers said in his victory speech. "I will be focused on solving problems, not on picking political fights."
Walker, seeking his third term, has championed himself as a tax cutter, while Evers has criticized Walker’s tax plans as being designed to help his donors as opposed to the average citizen.
Walker proposed a tax initiative entitled the "The New Graduate Tax Credit,” which would be aimed at keeping graduates in Wisconsin.
Evers has said he supports tax cuts for about 900,000 Wisconsinites, but he also has expressed openness to a gas tax hike that would be used to fund road work. He also wants to spend more money on education but hasn't said how he'll pay for it.
Evers also has said that not enough Wisconsinites have affordable health care and that he would immediately accept federal funds to expand health care. Additionally, he said he would invest more money in health care programs, especially for women, and would work to reduce drug prices.
Walker opposed Medicaid expansion and blamed the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, for many of the health care problems in Wisconsin. Walker said he worked hard to reduce premiums that increased from Obamacare and will seek to increase choices, ensure that seniors have health care, and protect individuals with pre-existing conditions.