Now that's an ass-kicking. And maybe the non-competitive nature of the Superintendent race combined with an unchallenged Supreme Court race helped to explain why turnout fell short of the 796,511 that voted in the 2013 Superintendent race. Wisconsinvote only has the 2-party vote share, but it barely exceeds 707,000, a drop of more than 11% (although I'll note that Evers still exceeded his 2013 vote total, getting nearly 495,000 in 2017 compared to just over 487,000 in 2013).
What's intriguing is that while the dropoff in voting was widespread, one major exception to that rule was in Dane County, which not only exceeded its 2013 vote total by nearly 14%, but also cast more votes than the significantly more-populous Milwaukee County (!). The Republican strongholds of Waukesha, Ozaukee, and Washington Counties also had serious drop-offs (tired of all the winning? The sheep didn't get their orders from their AM radio masters?), but Brown County also saw higher turnout, likely due to huge school referenda in the Green Bay and Howard-Suamico districts.
I'll give the caveat that this is only the 2-party vote on Election Night, and doesn't count write-ins or other minor adjustments that'll happen with the final totals.
Top voter turnouts, April 2017 (comparison to 2013)
Dane County 96,933 (+11,791)
Non-City Mke Co. 52,133(-1,970)
Waukesha Co. 49,057 (-20,390)
City of Milwaukee 42,624 (-4,985)
Brown County 31,873 (+2,549)
Racine County 20,957 (-5,881)
Outagamie Co. 18,551 (-4,608)
Winnebago Co. 17,236 (-1,441)
In fact, Dane County cast 13.7% of all the votes in Tuesday's election, well above their typical November level of 10-11%, and Evers won by nearly 72,400 in Dane County alone, so they were definitely fired up for things here in the Mad City and the surrounding areas. Evers also won many Trump counties with 60-70% of the vote, including big population places like Kenosha, Racine, Marathon, Outagamie and Brown Counties.
Now the question for Dems is if the big win by Evers is a harbinger of bigger things in 2018, or if it's a one-time blowout due to a combination of a horrid opponent in Holtz and low turnout. It certainly seems that Governor Walker had an idea that Evers was going to win big and that voters want to support people who back public schools, which is why he's taking all of these taxpayer-funded