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2013 Elections Review: Wisconsin Superintendent Tony Evers glides into his second term stronger than ever

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April 3, 2013


By Maresa Strano

Incumbent Tony Evers won re-election as Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction on April 2, 2013.

MADISON, Wisconsin: There was only one state executive position up for election in 2013 in the state of Wisconsin - State Superintendent of Public Instruction.[1] Incumbent Tony Evers was first elected in April 2009 and won re-election to a second term against challenger Don Pridemore on April 2, 2013.[2] Evers, a career educator, handily defeated Don Pridemore, a Wisconsin State Assemblyman since 2005. Although the Superintendent of Public Instruction is a nonpartisan position, Evers is a Democrat and Pridemore is a Republican.

The race had attracted considerable buzz in the lead-up to Tuesday's election, owing in large part to the controversial education proposals put forth by Gov. Scott Walker (R) in his recently unveiled 2013-2015 budget plan, as well as Pridemore's penchant for provoking the media - with dramatic pronouncements about his campaign agenda or else by creating a blacklist of a number of "liberal"[3] political reporters.[4][5]

With results still rolling in, Evers has so far received 61% of the vote, amounting to 473,879 votes at 88% reporting. This unofficial figure points to Evers' growth in popularity since his initial election to the post back in 2009. Then, he earned 439,248 votes and scored a roughly 15 percentage point victory over fellow challenger Rose Fernandez.

Below are the unofficial results of the superintendent race, current as of April 2, 2013 at 11:30pm Central Standard Time:

  • 2013 General election:
Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction General Election, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Non-partisan Green check mark transparent.pngTony Evers Incumbent 61.1% 487,030
     Non-partisan Don Pridemore 38.7% 308,050
     Scattering Various 0.2% 1,431
Total Votes 796,511
Election Results via Wisconsin Government Accountability Board.

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