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Vermont Primary Results: Shumlin Wins Party Primary; Scott Milne Wins Republican Nomination

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The Associated Press has declared Gov. Peter Shumlin the winner of his party's primary, a result that was widely expected and clears the way for the Democrat to seek a third two-year term in November.

Meanwhile, the AP has called the Republican primary for Scott Milne, determining that he has defeated two other candidates — Steve Berry and Emily Peyton, as well as Libertarian Dan Feliciano, who was looking for Republican write-in votes. And it has determined Bill Sorrell is the Democratic nominee for attorney general, beating H. Brook Paige.

The calls were made with 9 of 275 precincts reporting, about 3 percent.

The candidates in the Republican primary for Vermont's seat in the U.S. House are in a very tight race that's too close to call.

Don Russell and Mark Donka were separated by about 2 percentage points late Tuesday with more than 90 percent of precincts reporting. Donald Nolte trailed them. The winner faces incumbent Democrat Peter Welch in November.

Meanwhile, Dean Corren appears in good shape to meet his goal of garnering the Progressive and Democratic nominations for lieutenant governor. He had sought Democratic write-in votes, and there was no other Democrat in the race.

As of 9:30 p.m., there were more than 3,200 write-in votes in the Democratic tally for lieutenant governor.

Corren is expected to face two-term incumbent Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott in November's general election.

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