Vermont Primary

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.

Election 2016 graphic

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

Sue Minter greets supporters
Pat Bradley/WAMC

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.

Sue Minter
Pat Bradley

Vermont's gubernatorial general election in November will feature Democrat Sue Minter going up against Republican Phil Scott. Unofficial results show Minter won the five-way Democratic primary Tuesday with 50 percent of the vote over the next closest candidate, Matt Dunne, who got 37 percent of the vote. The current Lieutenant Governor, Scott won the GOP race with 60 percent of the vote over Bruce Lisman, who had 39 percent of the vote.

Election 2016 graphic

Vermont’s earliest primary ever is today and low turnout is expected despite numerous campaigns that will be sorted by voters at the ballot box.

Election 2016 graphic

Vermont’s earliest primary ever is today and low turnout is expected despite numerous campaigns that will be sorted by voters at the ballot box.

Election 2016 graphic

Vermont's secretary of state says there's a "dawning of a new landscape" in Vermont's politics as outside groups spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to influence voters leading up to Tuesday's primary.

On Tuesday, Vermont will hold its earliest ever state primary.  It’s an unusual year in that all seats in the House and Senate are up for election, although not all face primaries.  The top five elected offices in the state will also be chosen in the general election in November. In the race to replace retiring Democratic Governor Peter Shumlin, five candidates have lined up in the Democratic primary. 

Randy Brock (left) with Phil Scott
Pat Bradley/WAMC

Vermont Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is in the midst of a contentious primary campaign against first-time candidate Bruce Lisman in the Republican primary for governor.  Today, Scott received an endorsement from the Republican seeking his current position.

Early voting for Vermont’s primary begins Friday.

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

Vermonters have until Wednesday to register to vote in the March 1 presidential primary on Town Meeting Day.

Residents may register at their town clerk's offices, by mail or online.

To register online, go to the Secretary of State's office website.

The deadline to apply is by 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Ten Republicans and four Democrats have qualified to be placed on the ballot in Vermont's March 1 presidential primary.

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.

Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain

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.

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

WAMC/Pat Bradley

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

American flag with cash
Steve Johnson/Flickr

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

WAMC/Pat Bradley

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

WAMC/Pat Bradley

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.