Tony Evers, Lowell Holtz easily advance out of Wisconsin DPI superintendent primary

Incumbent state Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers easily placed first in Tuesday's primary election, earning the right to defend his seat in the April 4 election against voucher advocate Lowell Holtz.

Evers, who is seeking a third four-year term, had about 69% of the vote. Holtz, a retired Whitnall School District superintendent, had 23%. And former Dodgeville administrator-turned-part time-consultant John Humphries was third with 7%.

The state's top education post, which pays $120,111 annually, is officially nonpartisan. But Tuesday's primary sets the stage for a quasi-partisan battle over the direction of education in Wisconsin. It pits a longtime public school advocate favored mostly by Democrats and teachers unions against a pro-school-choice, anti-Common Core candidate backed primarily by Republicans.

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