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Welch Wins Reelection In Vermont

U.S. Representative Peter Welch
Pat Bradley
Congressman Peter Welch File Photo

U.S. Rep. Peter Welch of Vermont has coasted to re-election.

Welch is a Democrat who also had the Republican nomination. He faced only a little-known third-party candidate.

He is Vermont's lone representative in the U.S. House and was first elected in 2006.

Winning both major-party nominations is rare but not unheard of. Welch also was the pick of both parties in 2008 for Vermont's only seat in the U.S. House.

This year, he was the only congressional candidate nominated by both the Democrats and the Republicans.

Welch is known as an open-minded liberal. He has been praised by GOP leaders in the House as a trustworthy colleague not given to grandstanding.

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