MADISON, Wis. (WLUK) -- State Superintendent of Public Schools Tony Evers came out on top in a crowded race to be the Democratic Party’s candidate for governor.
Evers garnered 42 percent of the vote. The next closest candidate was the leader of the state’s firefighters union, Mahlon Mitchell, with 17 percent of the vote.
Gathered at a hotel across the street from the capitol, Evers told his supporters he will be the state’s next governor.
"Donald Trump will no longer have a doormat here in Wisconsin," said Evers.
Like his background, Evers focused his message on education.
I've seen on the faces of our kids what the devastation of (Gov.) Scott Walker's cuts to public education has done," said Evers. "I've seen parents and families struggling with rising healthcare costs and stagnant wages."
Speaking in front of his supporters in Waukesha, Walker touted his accomplishments in comparison to what he believes Evers would do for the state.
"I don't want to go back to the days of billion-dollar budget deficits, double-digit tax increases, and I certainly don't want to go back to the time of record job loss that would be a giant step backwards," said Walker.
Walker also highlighted his deal to bring Foxconn to the state. Walker says another four-year term for his administration is the best way to bring more jobs to the state.
"We call it keep Wisconsin working for generations to come," said Walker. "Are you ready to help us implement that plan?"
Now that the November match up is set, both Evers and Walker are wasting no time on the campaign trail. Both are planning to tour the state Wednesday, including stops in our area.