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Molly Gray
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On Tuesday night, Vermont voters elected Molly Gray as the state’s next Lieutenant Governor.  The current assistant attorney general had never run for office but garnered a number of high-profile endorsements including from Senator Patrick Leahy, Congressman Peter Welch, former Governor and Ambassador Madeline Kunin and former Governor Peter Shumlin.  She defeated Republican businessman Scott Milne, who had twice run for office, and the outcome between the two was the closest among the state’s top races. On Wednesday morning Molly Gray told WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley following the election results was a rollercoaster but a very special night.

Vermont Statehouse
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Vermonters continued a long tradition of electing a governor and lieutenant governor from opposite parties on Election Day. Bidding for a third term, Republican Governor Phil Scott soundly defeated his challenger, while a newcomer to politics will hold the second-highest state office.

Scott Milne (left) and Molly Gray are the major party candidates for Vermont Lieutenant Governor
Milne for Vermont - HopsonRoad/Stephen Flanders Molly Gray for Vermont/Facebook

Perhaps the closest and most contentious race in Vermont this year is for lieutenant governor.  The open position features a Republican who has mounted statewide campaigns before and a Democrat in her first run for office.

Scott Milne (left) and Molly Gray are the major party candidates for Vermont Lieutenant Governor
Milne for Vermont - HopsonRoad/Stephen Flanders Molly Gray for Vermont/Facebook

The closest race in Vermont’s general election is for Lieutenant Governor.  VPR/Vermont PBS hosted a debate Tuesday between Democrat Molly Gray and Republican Scott Milne during which the two major party candidates expressed distinct differences of opinion on what policies the state should implement.

Scott Milne (left) and Molly Gray are the major party candidates for Vermont Lieutenant Governor
Milne for Vermont - HopsonRoad/Stephen Flanders Molly Gray for Vermont/Facebook

The general election for Vermont Lieutenant Governor this fall will feature two candidates who have never held public office. The Democrat is running her first campaign while the GOP candidate is making a comeback bid after nearly winning the 2014 race for governor.

Scott Milne (file)
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A  Republican who ran unsuccessfully for Vermont governor in 2014 is running for lieutenant governor.

Patrick Leahy (left) and Scott Milne
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Vermont’s Patrick Leahy is the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1974 he was the first Democrat the state ever sent to the Senate. Now seeking his 8th term Leahy is being challenged by a Republican who has never held elective office and three minor party candidates.

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Neither of the two top Republicans seeking office in Vermont this fall agrees with GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump that this fall's vote could be compromised by voter fraud.

Scott Milne
milneforvermont.org

Republican Scott Milne has made it official. He's looking to unseat the U.S. Senate's longest-serving member, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — 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.

Scott Milne
milneforvermont.org

Republican Scott Milne has formally launched his campaign for Vermont governor, accusing incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin of a radical style of governing and promising a more moderate approach.

WAMC/Pat Bradley

One of Vermont's Republican gubernatorial hopefuls will formally launch  his campaign this week.

A Republican businessman seeking his party's nomination to challenge Vermont's incumbent Democratic governor says he was arrested twice when he was in college for driving under the influence of alcohol and once for drug possession.

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The Republican businessman who hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin in November says he knows it's a long shot.