State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jill Underly

MADISON — Pecatonica Superintendent Jill Underly has won the race for state superintendent of public instruction, the Associated Press is projecting.

Underly faced retired suburban Milwaukee superintendent Deb Kerr.

The race was officially nonpartisan, but Democrats and lined up solidly behind Underly while Kerr found support from Republicans, including former Gov. Scott Walker.

Underly also has the backing of the state teachers union, and significantly outspent Kerr in the race.

By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.