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Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic state superintendent Tony Evers went head-to-head in the last debate prior to next Tuesday’s midterm election.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic state superintendent Tony Evers went head-to-head in the last debate prior to next Tuesday’s midterm election.

Walker, Evers make their case in last debate before next week’s election

In their final debate before the midterm election, Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Tony Evers sparred on a variety of key issues.

In a race between the state superintendent of schools and the candidate framing himself as the “education governor,” schooling remained a central issue.

Walker touted his aggressive policies against teachers unions’ and their ability to haggle for higher salaries, claiming this saved money for schools, while Evers took shots at Walkers’ cuts to the UW System over his tenure.

"The contrast in Wisconsin's governor's race could not be starker: an educator like Tony who's dedicated his life to fighting for our kids and a better future for Wisconsin, or a twenty-five-year career politician who's got nothing to offer but empty promises and political drabble," Evers’ campaign manager Maggie Gau said.

Walker emphasized that, if given another term, affordability would become his focus with the UW System going forward.

“I’m proud that we have one of the best university systems in the country,” Walker said. “Going forward, I want to make sure we can make college affordable for every student.”

Evers took some strong stances throughout the debate, announcing he hopes to pass a $15 per hour minimum wage in his first term, as well as pass restrictions on the concealed carry of firearms throughout the state.

Walker continued to hit Evers on the fiscal demands of some of his proposals, like boosting funding for state education and infrastructure.

“Now I have to say something to the people of Wisconsin — hold onto your purses and wallets,” Walker said. “Tony said everything’s on the table when it comes to taxes."

Coming just over a week before Election Day, in what many see as a race that is too close to predict, both candidates hoped to take advantage of what may be their last major chance to make their case for governor.

"Tony took Walker to task tonight for his eight years of failures, proving once again that he is the only candidate who has real solutions for protecting Wisconsinites with pre-existing conditions, fully funding our public schools, repairing our roads and bridges, and cutting taxes for middle-class families,” Gau said.

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