Turnout in midterm election highest in at least 70 years

Photo by Saiyna Bashir, The Capital Times

Turnout in yesterday’s election was the highest for a midterm since at least 1948, per a WisPolitics.com review.

According to unofficial returns from The Associated Press, about 59 percent of the voting population cast a ballot in the guv’s race. That turnout was higher than both the 2014 midterms, which saw 55 percent turnout, and the 2012 recall election between Gov. Scott Walker and Dem Tom Barrett, when 58 percent of voters cast a ballot.

Some counties reported near presidential turnout numbers, though statewide the nearly 2.7 million who cast votes for guv was down slightly from 2016, when about 3 million voters turned out.

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