Vermont Primary

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The official count of Vermont's primary election ballots has confirmed that Progressive lieutenant governor candidate Dean Corren has also qualified for the Democratic nomination by garnering almost 3,900 write-in votes.

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Vermont’s primary results show a low turnout with a number of voters turning to write-in candidates. But in the highest-profile race, the stage is set for November’s general election for governor.

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It is primary day in Vermont. While voting could result in some cross-party nominations, in high-level races, a low turnout is anticipated.

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Vermont Public Radio hosted a debate this afternoon between the three Republicans squaring off in next Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary.

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Republican candidate for governor, Scott Milne of Pomfret has logged contributions of more than $20,000 for his campaign this reporting period.

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The Republican businessman who hopes to unseat Democratic incumbent Governor Peter Shumlin in November says he knows it's a long shot.

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The Vermont Senate is considering a bill that would move up the state's primary election to early August.

Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos plans in the upcoming session to ask lawmakers to move Vermont's primary for state offices to an earlier date.
    
General election ballots must be mailed 45 days before Election Day to military and other overseas voters. This is the second election cycle in a row in Vermont in which a gubernatorial primary recount has raised fears the state won't make that federal deadline. Secretary of State Jim Condos says the August primary needs to be moved to an earlier date, perhaps as early as May or June.

Republican attorney general candidate Jack McMullen says he is going to focus his campaign and the attorney general's office more on fighting crime.

He says Attorney General Bill Sorrell has focused his efforts on consumer protection and civil matters.

McMullen held a press conference on Wednesday in the yard of a Burlington homeowner whose neighborhood has seen a rash of drug-related property crimes.

Sorrell won the Democratic nomination in a close primary with challenger T.J. Donovan.

Secretary of State Jim Condos says turnout is light as Vermonters head to the polls for the state's primary election.

Condos estimates between 8 and 10 percent of Vermont's registered voters will go to the polls Tuesday.

He attributes the light turnout to the lack of high-profile contests.

The interest that has drawn the most outside interest is the Democratic race for attorney general.

Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan is challenging incumbent William Sorrell.