Vermont Judge Confirms Abbott Wins Progressive Primary

Sep 18, 2012

A Vermont judge has ruled that Martha Abbott is the winner of the Progressive Party primary election for governor.

Abbott has withdrawn and won't run in the general election. But under Vermont law, that doesn't throw the race to the second-place finisher, write-in candidate Annette Smith.

Washington Superior Court Judge Robert Bent's ruling says Smith and her team pointed out a small number of vote-counting irregularities. But the judge ruled those would not be enough to change the outcome.

The final tally stands at Abbott 381, Smith 340.

The Progressive Party will run some candidates for the Legislature this year and for some statewide offices. But it won't have a candidate for governor, instead throwing its support to incumbent Democrat Peter Shumlin.

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