Vermont Primary

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In November, voters will elect Vermont’s statewide officers: governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer, auditor and secretary of state.  They will also elect the only member of the U.S. House of Representatives for the state and the U.S. Senate seat held by Independent Bernie Sanders.  In a quirk of state election law, one candidate won the GOP primaries for six offices on Aug. 14th. Wednesday, he officially withdrew from five contests and the Vermont Republican Party chose candidates for the remaining races.

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Vermont’s Secretary of State has confirmed that the state had the second-highest primary election turnout by vote count in state history last week.

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A perennial Vermont candidate is running as a Republican for at least five statewide offices, hoping to preserve all but one of the slots for other GOP prospects.

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Primary season is now over and it’s on to the general election in Vermont. Voters will go to the polls in November for all of Vermont’s statehouse and statewide seats along with the U.S. House Representative and one U.S. Senate seat.

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WAMC's David Guistina and North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley discuss the results of the Vermont primary Tuesday.

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WAMC's Dr. Alan Chartock shares his thoughts on Tuesday's primaries in Vermont and Connecticut. Dr. Chartock also discusses the sex abuse cover-ups by the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania.

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Polls will close within the hour – at 7 p.m. – on this primary day in Vermont.  Although many expect a low turnout, clerks reported a steady number of voters coming to the polls this afternoon.

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Vermonters are going to the polls today to determine statewide primary races. Three Democrats, including the longtime incumbent, are seeking to represent the state in Congress.

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Vermonters are voting Tuesday in the primary election that will choose the November candidates for governor, the U.S. Senate and the House.

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Tuesday is Primary Day in Vermont and Connecticut. In Vermont, there are several high-profile races including the Democratic and Republican gubernatorial primary. The incumbent GOP governor faces a challenger and five Democrats hope to advance to the general election.

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Five Democrats are running in Vermont’s gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. The only one with legislative experience is state Senator John Rodgers.  He is also the only one of the five who does not fully support all of the gun restrictions passed by the Democratically-controlled legislature and signed by Republican Governor Phil Scott last session.  Rodgers says he had initially decided to run for re-election to the state Senate but agreed to a write-in campaign after a number of people asked him to run in the gubernatorial primary.

Screencap of Vermont Democratic Primary Forum. From left: John Rodgers, Ethan Sonneborn, James Ehlers, Christine Hallquist, Brenda Siegel and moderator Xander Landen
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Primary day in Vermont is just days away. Thursday evening, the Democratic candidates for governor debated a number of issues.

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Republican Governor Phil Scott and challenger Keith Stern faced off last night during a forum in advance of Vermont’s August 14th primary.

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The candidates and political parties held unity events Wednesday following the Vermont primary this week.  In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, the Democratic primary was won by a state senator from a third party.

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Financial disclosure forms show that the Vermont gubernatorial  primary in Vermont was the most expensive in the state's history.

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The results are in and November’s race for Vermont’s open governor’s seat is set. Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott will face off in the general election after winning primaries that ended up not being as close as some had anticipated.

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Vermont's gubernatorial general election in November will feature Democrat Sue Minter going up against Republican Phil Scott. Unofficial results show Minter won the five-way Democratic primary Tuesday with 50 percent of the vote over the next closest candidate, Matt Dunne, who got 37 percent of the vote. The current Lieutenant Governor, Scott won the GOP race with 60 percent of the vote over Bruce Lisman, who had 39 percent of the vote.

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Vermont’s earliest primary ever is today and low turnout is expected despite numerous campaigns that will be sorted by voters at the ballot box.

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Vermont’s earliest primary ever is today and low turnout is expected despite numerous campaigns that will be sorted by voters at the ballot box.

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Vermont's secretary of state says there's a "dawning of a new landscape" in Vermont's politics as outside groups spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence voters leading up to Tuesday's primary.

On Tuesday, Vermont will hold its earliest ever state primary.  It’s an unusual year in that all seats in the House and Senate are up for election, although not all face primaries.  The top five elected offices in the state will also be chosen in the general election in November. In the race to replace retiring Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, five candidates have lined up in the Democratic primary. 

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Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is in the midst of a contentious primary campaign against first-time candidate Bruce Lisman in the Republican primary for governor.  Today, Scott received an endorsement from the Republican seeking his current position.

Early voting for Vermont’s primary begins Friday.

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Vermonters have until Wednesday to register to vote in the March 1 presidential primary on Town Meeting Day.

Residents may register at their town clerk's offices, by mail or online.

To register online, go to the Secretary of State's office website.

The deadline to apply is by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ten Republicans and four Democrats have qualified to be placed on the ballot in Vermont's March 1 presidential primary.

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The official count of Vermont's primary election ballots has confirmed that Progressive lieutenant governor candidate Dean Corren has also qualified for the Democratic nomination by garnering almost 3,900 write-in votes.

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Vermont’s primary results show a low turnout with a number of voters turning to write-in candidates. But in the highest-profile race, the stage is set for November’s general election for governor.

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It is primary day in Vermont. While voting could result in some cross-party nominations, in high-level races, a low turnout is anticipated.

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Vermont Public Radio hosted a debate this afternoon between the three Republicans squaring off in next Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary.

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Republican candidate for governor, Scott Milne of Pomfret has logged contributions of more than $20,000 for his campaign this reporting period.

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