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Vermont Democrats And Progressives Make Gains In Legislature

Vermont Statehouse 2018
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Vermont Statehouse

Democrats and Progressives appear to have gained seats in the Vermont Legislature.
Retired Middlebury College political science professor Eric Davis said Wednesday that preliminary results from Tuesday's voting show that Democrats and Progressives, which often work together,  appear have reached a veto-proof majority in the Legislature. The parties won at least 100 seats, with the Republicans holding 43. The Republicans are expected to hold six seats in the 30-member state Senate.

A veto override requires two-thirds of each chamber, or 100 in the House and 20 in the Senate.

Davis says that other that other than Tuesday's re-election victory by Republican Governor Phil Scott, Vermont's Republican Party is smaller and more conservative.

Scott spokeswoman Rebecca Kelley says the governor will be looking to find common ground with lawmakers.

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