Annette Smith

The Progressive Party is a major party in Vermont, and the recent gubernatorial primary has resulted in a recount request from a write-in candidate and criticism from Republicans over how the state is handling the vote count.

The winner of last week's Progressive primary for governor of Vermont says she won't be a candidate in the general election, while the loser in the primary is calling for a recount.

The official count released Tuesday by the secretary of state's office shows Martha Abbott with 371 votes, to 354 write-in votes for Annette Smith. Abbott says she wants the party's support to go toward the re-election of Democratic incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin.