Press Releases ICYMI: USA TODAY’s Normally Nonpartisan Wisconsin Ed Board Endorses Gov. Evers Citing Extraordinary Circumstances

“[Tony Evers] has been a steady, competent hand at the tiller of state government. Evers, an aw-shucks, euchre-playing everyman, has solid instincts and has consistently embraced good government.”

MADISON, Wis. — In case you missed it, USA TODAY’s Wisconsin editorial board announced their endorsement for Governor Tony Evers this morning.

“Normally, the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin editorial board does not recommend candidates in elections,” they wrote, “but because of the stakes in this election — and our deep concerns with these candidates — we have decided to do so.”

In their announcement, USA TODAY’s Wisconsin ed board praised Gov. Evers’ long list of accomplishments during his first term and emphasized his role as a defender of democracy in contrast to Tim Michels’ plans to undermine the will of Wisconsin voters.

Read more about the USA TODAY Network Wisconsin editorial board’s endorsement of Gov. Evers:

USA TODAY: Editorial: Vote for Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes to defend our democracy. Here’s why.

Democracy is on the ballot Nov. 8.

And we believe that means a vote for Democrats Mandela Barnes for U.S. Senate and Tony Evers for governor.

Their Republican opponents, incumbent Sen. Ron Johnson and businessman Tim Michels, continue to cast doubt on the 2020 election, and both have fudged on whether they will accept the outcome of the 2022 vote. A commitment to basic democratic principles is a threshold neither passes, and their willingness to cavalierly ignore longtime norms of democracy is dangerous.

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, a lifelong Republican who has stood bravely against her party as it bowed to the whims of former President Donald Trump, put it this way in a recent interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd:

“No one of any party should be voting for people who are election deniers. “(Election deniers) are telling you they’ll only certify an election they agree with. … There’s not much graver threat to the democracy than you can imagine than that.”

If the Republican Party is to escape Donald Trump’s cult of personality, it has to begin in elections like these. Normally, the USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin editorial board does not recommend candidates in elections, but because of the stakes in this election — and our deep concerns with these candidates — we have decided to do so.


Tony Evers has earned a second term. Tim Michels is a Trump acolyte.

Tim Michels is where he is today because of Donald Trump’s endorsement in the Republican primary in August — an endorsement that required Michels to toe the Trumpian line:

  • After getting Trump’s stamp of approval, Michels at first declined to support a Trump run for president in 2024. But Michels soon fell in line, saying that, of course, he would support a Trump candidacy, even after the former president’s disgraceful incitement of a riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

  • Michels has cast doubt on the 2020 election, saying that “maybe” the election was stolen and refusing to rule out supporting a legislative effort to overturn the election results even though decertifying the election is both illegal and impossible.

  • He has argued that the Wisconsin Elections Commission, created by fellow Republicans while Scott Walker was governor, should be shut down and that all rules the commission set for local clerks to carry out elections should be eliminated.

  • He has refused to say whether he would certify the next presidential election if Trump makes another run and loses again in Wisconsin.

  • He says he wants to fix the “big problems that we had in 2020,” including the use of ballot drop boxes and private funding to help local municipalities conduct elections during a pandemic. He has not explained how drop boxes and private funds made the election fraudulent.

At times, Michels seems to have only a rudimentary knowledge of the duties and responsibilities of the job he is seeking. Working for his family’s highway and pipeline construction business, Michels has spent years away from Wisconsin at homes in Connecticut and New York City.