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Embattled State Senator Norm McAllister Loses GOP Primary

Norm McAllister
Vermont Legislature
Norm McAllister

The Vermont state senator facing a second trial on sexual assault charges has lost his re-election bid to continue representing Franklin County.
In the Republican primary Tuesday, Senator Norm McAllister came in a distant third behind incumbent Senator Dustin Degree and state Representative Carolyn Branagan in the two-member Senate district.

Unofficial results show that Degree won about 45 percent of the vote, Branagan, 42 percent and McAllister just under 13 percent.

McAllister was arrested outside the Statehouse last year and charged with sexual assault. He refused to resign, but he was suspended by the Senate last winter.

McAllister has maintained his innocence and two sex assault charges were dismissed in a June trial. He's due to go on trial again later this year on three counts of prohibited acts.

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