Close Race: Gudex Vs. King
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There's still one race here in Northeast Wisconsin that's not done yet.
The un-official winner of Wisconsin's 18th Senate District seat is Republican Rick Gudex. But Democratic incumbent Jessica King is refusing to concede until every vote is counted.
The margin of victory is very thin in this race. A 590 vote difference out of about 80,000 ballots dropped.
Winnebago County Clerk Sue Ertmer prepares for a potential recount.
"It's a close race, so we're doing our official board of canvass Thursday. That will determine the official totals for both of the candidates," Ertmer said. "We just basically go through and verify the results they reported to us on election night."
King believes her race against Gudex is too close to call. She emailed us a statement that reads, "I am not conceding this race until every vote is counted and verified. We'll wait until the county clerks have completed their canvass."
"We took it upon ourselves to declare victory," Gudex said.
He's confident the canvass will be in his favor.
"We're really proud to be standing here today and going down to Madison and getting to work," Gudex said.
If the canvass shows a difference of 428 votes or less, King can request a recount at no cost to her campaign.
"With a huge election like this there were bound to be some races that were going to be close," Ertmer said.
The canvass needs to be finished by November 20th and King would have until November 24th to ask for a recount. That process would start November 26th.