New England News
Wed November 7, 2012
Incumbents Prevail in Vermont Elections
A long-time observer of Vermont politics says the 2012 election results show the state's Republican party is in disarray, and that a big infusion of super PAC money had no effect.
Garrison Nelson, a professor of political science at the University of Vermont, says the Vermont GOP has made a series of strategic blunders in the past tw
o election cycles.
He says the most recent was relying too heavily on contributions from Burlington heiress Lenore Broughton to the super political action committee Vermonters First to fund some of the Republican campaigns.
Retired Middlebury College political science professor Eric Davis says there may actually have been a voter backlash against the Vermonters First PAC.
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