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.
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.
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.
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.