WI Attorney General race neck and neck

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV/AP) -- Democrat Josh Kaul plans to declare victory at 9 a.m. Wednesday over Republican Brad Schimel in the Attorney General's race.

The Wisconsin Attorney General race shaped up to be a nail biter. Incumbent Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel was challenged by federal prosecutor Josh Kaul.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Kaul leads Schimel by more than 20,000 votes, according to the Associated Press.

With 3,664 of 3,676 precincts reporting, Democratic candidate Josh Kaul has 1,301,983 votes, making for 50 percent of the total count. Republican incumbent Brad Schimel has 1,281,296 votes, 49 percent of the total count, according to the Associated Press.

Brad Schimel has had the position since 2014. He previously was Waukesha District Attorney. He most recently has worked with law enforcement to clear the backlog of untested rape kits and lead a lawsuit against opioid prescription companies.

Under Schimel's leadership, Wisconin joined in legal action against the Affordable Care Act with other states. Schimel has also defended Wisconsin’s district lines in court when the state was accused of Gerrymandering.

Josh Kaul has worked as an attorney in Washington D.C. and served as a federal prosecutor in Baltimore. Most recently, he came back to Wisconsin to fight for voter rights. He’s running on a platform supporting affordable health care, stronger crime prosecution, and tighter gun laws. He grew up in Eastern Wisconsin and is the son of the first female Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager who died this year.

"Thank you all for the support," Kaul said as he concluded his watch party at midnight on Tuesday.

Schimel closed out his party a half hour after Kaul. Both candidates denied the media interviews or answers to their questions. They are expected to address the media on Wednesday.

This story will be updated.