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Voters go to the polls Tuesday in busy Vermont primary election

Congressman Peter Welch (left) and Senator Patrick Leahy at GlobalFoundries celebration
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Congressman Peter Welch (left) and Senator Patrick Leahy at GlobalFoundries celebration

Voters will go to the polls Tuesday for primary day in an unusually busy political year in Vermont. Up for grabs this year are seats in the U.S. House and Senate, plus governor, attorney general, secretary of state, and lieutenant governor, and the entire statehouse. With Senator Patrick Leahy’s retirement setting off the domino effect, voters have the opportunity to send a woman to Congress for the first time in the state’s long history.

But first, the parties will select their nominees for the November election. For analysis, WAMC's Ian Pickus spoke with Bert Johnson, professor of Political Science at Middlebury College.

A lifelong resident of the Capital Region, Ian joined WAMC in late 2008 and became news director in 2013. He began working on Morning Edition and has produced The Capitol Connection, Congressional Corner, and several other WAMC programs. Ian can also be heard as the host of the WAMC News Podcast and on The Roundtable and various newscasts. Ian holds a BA in English and journalism and an MA in English, both from the University at Albany, where he has taught journalism since 2013.
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