UPDATE: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker concedes defeat to Tony Evers

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Updated: Nov. 7, 2018, 2:15 p.m.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker concedes defeat in tight race; ends nearly 8-year reign that transformed state.

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Published: Nov. 7, 2018, 10:15 a.m.

Democrat Tony Evers has defeated Republican Scott Walker in a nailbiter race for Wisconsin governor, denying a third term for the incumbent Walker.

Gov. Scott Walker's first comments since his election defeat are coming via Twitter, with the posting of a Bible verse.

Walker narrowly lost to Democrat Tony Evers in Tuesday's election. While Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch vowed there would be a recount, and his campaign spokesman raised concerns about damaged ballots, Walker has not been heard from.

But shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday, Walker tweeted the Psalm "This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it."

Walker's father, Llew Walker, was a Baptist preacher who died in October.

Unofficial results show that Evers defeated Walker by just over 1 percentage point. Only candidates who lose by less than a point can request a recount.

Evers declared victory early Wednesday morning.