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Evers, Holtz advance in Wisconsin state superintendent raceSubmitted: 02/21/2017
MADISON - Two-term incumbent state Superintendent Tony Evers will face former Beloit superintendent Lowell Holtz in the April 4 election to be the state's top education official, after the two longtime educators advanced in Tuesday's primary.

Former Dodgeville administrator John Humphries, who tried to cast himself as more conservative than Evers but more bipartisan than Holtz, finished a distant third and was eliminated.

The race to head the state Department of Public Instruction is officially nonpartisan, but Democrats and their allies back Evers while Holtz has the support of two dozen Republican lawmakers and conservative groups. Holtz, who branded himself as "kidservative," touted the fact that he was the only one of the three candidates who did not sign the petition to recall GOP Gov. Scott Walker from office in 2012.

That recall was spurred by anger of the law Walker championed that all but eliminated collective bargaining for public school teachers and other public workers, and forced them to pay more for their health insurance and pension benefits.

Evers captured roughly 69 percent of the vote, based on unofficial returns. Holtz was far behind with 24 percent while Humphries barely registered with just 7 percent.

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