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Vermont Campaign Finance Reports Show Some Strong and Some Vulnerable Incumbents

Campaign finance reports by Vermont candidates were due Wednesday. While the incumbent Governor is easily outpacing his challenger, the current Attorney General is falling behind his primary challenger.

Incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin has raised nearly $840,000 so far his campaign, with about $769,000 cash in the bank.  His challenger, Republican state Senator Randy Brock reported about $585,000 in contributions so far, including $300,000 from himself, with about $234,000 cash on hand. Middlebury College Professor Emeritus of Political Science Eric Davis.

Vermont Digger is an on-line news site that covers state politics. Editor Anne Galloway says it’s important to note how much money the gubernatorial candidates have on hand.

The other closely watched race in Vermont is  the Democratic primary for Attorney General. With less than two weeks until that primary, challenger T.J. Donovan is outpacing incumbent Bill Sorrell in fundraising. Donovan has raised about $167,000 and spent more than $110,000. Sorrell raised about $115,000 and spent more than $57,000 so far.  Anne Galloway says the 15-year incumbent, Bill Sorrell, is vulnerable.

Again Middlebury College’s Eric Davis.

The winner of the Aug. 28 Attorney General primary race faces Republican Jack McMullen, who has raised about $19,000.