Kaul declares victory in attorney general race

    Josh Kaul (Photo courtesy Kaul campaign)

    MADISON (WLUK) -- With a narrow lead in the state attorney general race, Democrat Josh Kaul has declared victory Wednesday morning.

    Unofficial results show Kaul with a 22,673-vote lead over incumbent Republican Brad Schimel. More than 2.6 million votes were cast in the race.

    The Constitution Party's Terry Larson garnered 47,152 votes in the race.

    Schimel released this statement Wednesday morning :

    I just got off the phone with Josh Kaul. While the results are not final, it appears he has won this race. I told him I am waiting until the municipal and county canvasses are complete, all military ballots are accounted for and that every vote is counted. We also want to know more about what happened with the absentee ballots in Milwaukee County. However, if the margin does not substantially change, I have vowed that my team will assist him in making the transition as smooth as possible. I want to thank nearly 1.3 Million Wisconsinites for their votes, their prayers and support. We will all know more in about a week.

    Kaul called himself the attorney general in a brief appearance outside the Dane County courthouse Wednesday morning. He thanked his family and supporters and promised to work to expand Medicare coverage and withdraw the state from a federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act.


    The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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