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Vermont's Sanders Wins Third U.S. Senate Term

Senator Bernie Sanders
U.S. Senate
Senator Bernie Sanders

Vermont's independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders cruised to re-election to his third term in the Senate Tuesday easily defeating a little known candidate.

The Associated Press called the race for Sanders, who is considering a 2020 run for the White House, when the polls closed at 7 p.m.

Sanders was challenged by Republican businessman Lawrence Zupan, of Manchester.

Sanders, who may still be considering a second run for the presidency in 2020, spent little time campaigning in the state ahead of Tuesday's election. Zupan, a Manchester real estate broker with experience in international trade, campaigned against what he felt was big government and social welfare programs.

And Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat who was first elected in 2006 and has consistently been one of Vermont's most popular politicians, is defending his seat against Republican Anya Tynio.

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