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The second-place finisher in Vermont’s gubernatorial race says he will ask the legislature to elect him governor instead of the incumbent who received more votes.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin announced new administration appointments Thursday, filling two key cabinet positions. for Governor

In Vermont’s gubernatorial election, no candidate received more than 50 percent of the vote. The state Constitution requires in such cases that the Legislature then choose a winner when it convenes in January. While at the Statehouse in Montpelier, WAMC’s North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley spoke with some of the key players as the legislative vote looms.

Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne is still saying he may ask lawmakers for their votes when the Legislature convenes in January and elects a governor for the next two years.

Republican Vermont gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne is not requesting a recount of last week's election results, but he is leaving open the possibility of asking the legislature to elect him in January. But considering party makeup in Montpelier, that’s considered a long shot — and would go against tradition in the Green Mountain State. for Governor

Vermont Republican legislative leaders say their party members can vote their consciences in the upcoming balloting to choose the next governor.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne appears to be backing away from pre-election statements that he would concede the race if incumbent Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin won a plurality but did not get more than 50 percent of the vote.

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The surprisingly close result in Vermont’s governor’s race has pundits scratching their heads and trying to figure out why a Republican who was expected to get trounced came within a point of the two-term incumbent. Some are pointing to Governor Peter Shumlin’s push to single-payer health care and the rocky rollout of the state health care exchange as his key vulnerability. for Governor

It was a twist no one expected. Vermont two-term incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin was widely expected to trounce six challengers on election day. But the night dragged on, Tuesday turned to Wednesday, and still: no resolution. Now the race goes to the Legislature in January after the Republican challenger came remarkably close to winning.

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Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin was surrounded by Vermont business and political leaders at the Lake Champlain Regional Chamber of Commerce headquarters to discuss the announcement by IBM early today that it will sell its semiconductor chip manufacturing business — including its plant in Essex Junction, Vermont and another in the Hudson Valley — to Global Foundries.