Elections

Vermont Congressman Peter Welch handily won re-election last week, taking 82 percent to the 9 percent his Liberty Union opponent Erica Clawson received.  The Democrat returns to a House of Representatives preparing for a Trump presidency and Republican control.  Vermont’s sole representative says he was very disappointed and surprised by the results of the presidential election.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor-elect David Zuckerman
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Will the Vermont Legislature need to decide the state's next lieutenant governor? There appears to be some debate after the Secretary of State released the official canvass on Tuesday.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
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The city of Plattsburgh will have a new mayor in January.  Local businessman and SUNY Plattsburgh Professor of Economics Colin Read won election to Plattsburgh’s top office, unseating incumbent Independent Republican-endorsed James Calnon. But the current officeholder doesn’t plan to concede until all the absentee ballots are counted.

Democrat Billy Jones (left) and Republican Kevin Mulverhill
Candidates' Facebook pages

A Democrat has been elected to New York’s 115th state Assembly district seat, which was held for more than 30 years by Republicans.

Vermont Lieutenant Governor-elect David Zuckerman
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In Vermont, the governor and lieutenant governor wage separate campaigns — often resulting in a split of the parties holding the state’s top two offices.  On election night, an unexpectedly close race for Vermont Lieutenant Governor unfolded.

Vermont governor-elect Phil Scott
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Outgoing Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin will be replaced by his current Lieutenant Governor in January.  Republican Phil Scott handily won the race for the state’s top office against his Democratic challenger.

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Bernie 2016

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders voted Tuesday in his hometown of Burlington, Vermont.

Today, as results come in across the country, WAMC and NPR reporters will be updating this page with breaking news on regional, state and national election results. 

Democrat Sue Minter (left) and Republican Phil Scott
Candidates' Facebook pages

Could a former major league pitcher and third-party candidate for Vermont governor force the Legislature to choose the state’s next governor?  Today’s race between the Republican and Democrat is so close that some wonder if either can obtain the required 50 percent for a clear win.

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Voters in Huntington, Vermont, are being asked to approve a school bond issue of up to $1.26 million for a geothermal heating and cooling system for the town's elementary school.

Democrat Sue Minter (left) and Republican Phil Scott
Candidates' Facebook pages

Vermont's two top gubernatorial candidates were crisscrossing the state on the final day of the campaign and they have different messages about the economy.

Democrat Billy Jones (left) and Republican Kevin Mulverhill
Candidates' Facebook pages

In May, New York state Assemblywoman Janet Duprey announced that she would retire from the 115th district seat.  The two individuals seeking to replace her in the multi-county district are from Franklin County.

Phil Scott
Candidate's Facebook page

Phil Scott served five terms in the Vermont Senate before being elected Lieutenant Governor in 2010.  The Republican is now seeking the state’s top office. The businessman and race car driver has been campaigning for a year. When his campaign began, some thought his popularity combined with the state’s tradition of flipping parties when an incumbent governor leaves office provided Scott with the overwhelming advantage.  Instead, he faced a primary and a strong challenge from Democrats.  Now, as Election Day looms, Scott says the goal of his campaign is making Vermont more affordable.

Two years ago, voters in New York’s 21st district elected the youngest woman to Congress in history. It was a three-way race between neophytes.  Now the Republican incumbent is once again in a three-way race, facing one of her former opponents.

Patrick Leahy (left) and Scott Milne
Candidates' Facebook pages

Vermont’s Patrick Leahy is the most senior member of the U.S. Senate. First elected in 1974 he was the first Democrat the state ever sent to the Senate. Now seeking his 8th term Leahy is being challenged by a Republican who has never held elective office and three minor party candidates.

Colin Read (left) and James Calnon
Candidates' Facebook pages

With Election Day less than a week away, we take a look at the two candidates for mayor of Plattsburgh. While the candidates’ styles are different, both are focused on the city’s fiscal stability.

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Vermont Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott calls women's reproductive rights a wedge issue, and some PAC ads are now trying to use the issue against him.

Sue Minter
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Democrat Sue Minter beat four challengers in the August primary and now faces Republican Phil Scott and Liberty Union candidate Bill “Spaceman” Lee in her quest for Vermont Governor. With just over a month remaining in the race, she says she wants to focus on making Vermont more affordable.

Bill Lee in Nashua, New Hampshire
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Former Boston Red Sox and Montreal Expos pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee is expanding on his storied baseball legacy by throwing a curveball into Vermont politics.  He is the Vermont Liberty Union Party’s candidate for governor.  Lee tells WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley that he is seeking the state’s top office because one of the founders of the party asked him to run.

Phil Scott
WAMC/Pat Bradley

Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott released his health care plan on Wednesday.  It’s an approach that fits his affordability policy strategy.

Gary Johnson (left) and Bill Weld at Burlington rally
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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate, former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld, held their first rally in Vermont Wednesday evening.  Several hundred people gathered in Burlington to support or learn about the third party ticket.

Gary Johnson (left) and Bill Weld at Burlington rally
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Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson and his running mate former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld were in Burlington Wednesday evening to rally supporters.

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The Republican and Democrat running for Vermont Governor participated in their first broadcast debate Monday night.  While generally polite, the two candidates offered clear differences in their philosophy regarding several issues.

David Zuckerman
Vermont Legislature

The candidates and political parties held unity events Wednesday following the Vermont primary this week.  In the Lieutenant Governor’s race, the Democratic primary was won by a state senator from a third party.

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Financial disclosure forms show that the Vermont gubernatorial  primary in Vermont was the most expensive in the state's history.

Norm McAllister
Vermont Legislature

The Vermont state senator facing a second trial on sexual assault charges has lost his re-election bid to continue representing Franklin County.

Sue Minter greets supporters
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The results are in and November’s race for Vermont’s open governor’s seat is set. Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott will face off in the general election after winning primaries that ended up not being as close as some had anticipated.

Senator Jeanne Shaheen
U.S. Senate

It’s less than a month until the first votes will be cast in the presidential primary campaign, with the early contests in Iowa and New Hampshire. New Hampshire U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen is a staunch supporter of Hilary Clinton’s bid.  In September, she endorsed the former Senator and Secretary of State. Clinton won in New Hampshire in 2008, but Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is right next door and popular in the state.  Shaheen is one of the Clinton campaign’s most stalwart spokespeople. With the polls tightening in Iowa and New Hampshire, Senator Shaheen discussed the race with WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley.

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In June, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced he would not run for reelection in 2016, providing a rare opening for the state’s top seat.   A number of people are considering running for the position and several have announced their campaigns.  In August, Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith made his formal announcement.  This week, a Democratic primary shaped up as former state senator Matt Dunne emailed supporters that he too was running.  Dunne, a Google executive, has unsuccessfully run for statewide office twice before, including the 2010 Democratic gubernatorial primary.  He explains to WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley why he’s running again.

Fourteen months before the election, candidates have begun to announce their plans to run for Vermont governor.  This week two candidates have thrown their hats into the ring.

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