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Sanders doesn’t rule out a 2020 White House run

WASHINGTON (AP) — Bernie Sanders is leaving open the possibility of another presidential bid, saying in a Thursday interview that he wants to focus on helping the party rebuild its base after Donald Trump’s victory. “Four years is a long time from now,” said the 75-year-old Vermont senator, noting that he faces re-election to the Senate in 2018. But he added: “We’ll take one thing at a time, but I’m not ruling out anything.” Sanders gave voice to the frustration among many liberals in the aftermath of Trump’s stunning triumph over Hillary Clinton. He told The Associated Press in a phone interview that millions of working-class voters’ decision to back Trump was “an embarrassment” to the party and that Democrats must take a strong stand against the role of corporate interests in politics. Continue Reading →

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Gov.-elect Scott begins transition, pledges to find common ground with Democrats

MONTPELIER — Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott claimed a mandate Wednesday for his incoming administration to focus on the economy while pledging to work with the Democratic-led Legislature to improve the fiscal lives of Vermonters. Scott, 58, defeated Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter Tuesday by a 52 percent to 43.5 percent margin. In January he will be sworn in as the state’s 82nd governor. But Vermonters send mixed signals at the voting booth. They opted for Progress and Democratic nominee David Zuckerman over Republican Randy Brock for lieutenant governor, and Senate Democrats expanded their dominance by two seats and now control 23 of the 30 total seats. Continue Reading →

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Podcast: Gov. Shumlin reflects on the 2016 election


Gov. Peter Shumlin chats with Vermont Press Bureau Chief Neal Goswami about the 2016 election, and what it means for Vermont and the country. MONTPELIER — Outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin pledged his full support to Republican Gov.-elect Phil Scott Wednesday whom he praised for running a good campaign, but was extremely critical of Republican President-elect Donald Trump and the campaign he ran to win the White House. Shumlin announced in June 2015 that he would not seek re-election after nearly losing his bid for a third term in 2014. With his approval rating under water, Shumlin avoided the campaign trail as Democratic gubernatorial nominee Sue Minter sought to succeed him. But, perhaps weighed down by Shumlin’s six-year tenure, she was handily defeated by Scott on Tuesday. Continue Reading →

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Doyle loses re-election bid to Brooks, knocked out after serving since 1969

MONTPELIER — Francis Brooks, with 15.52 percent of the vote, took one of Washington County’s three senate seats away from longtime Republican Sen. Bill Doyle Tuesday. Bill Doyle, who has served in the state Senate without interruption since 1969, narrowly fell into fourth place in the district with 15.3 percent of the vote according to the Secretary of State’s Office, with all districts reporting. With fellow incumbents Ann Cummings, D-Montpelier, and Anthony Pollina, D-Middlesex, pacing the six-candidate field, the race was for third place as midnight approached and Doyle’s bid for a 25th consecutive two-year term was on life support. Cummings was comfortably ahead with 16,742, and Pollina was a safe second with 14,950 votes, but Brooks was pushing for the first partisan sweep in the county’s Senate race in more than three decades and perhaps the first Democratic sweep ever. With Woodbury left to report its results Tuesday night, Brooks was in third place with 13,479 votes and Doyle was a hair behind with 13,343 votes. Continue Reading →

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Round up: Mixed bag for central Vermont House members

Below are the results from several House races:

NORTHFIELD — Incumbent Republican Reps. Anne Donahue and Patti Lewis fended off two challengers to win re-election Tuesday. Donahue secured the most votes in the four-way race for two House seats, winning 2,171 votes, or about 36 percent of the votes cast. Lewis, meanwhile, came in second with 1,691 votes, about 28 percent of the votes cast in the Washington-1 House district, which includes the towns of Northfield and Berlin, according to results gathered by the Associated Press. The two Republicans faced challenges from Progressive Jeremy Hanson and Democrat Gordon Bock. Continue Reading →

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Zuckerman defeats Brock for LG

BURLINGTON — Chittenden County Sen. David Zuckerman has defeated Republican Randy Brock in the race for lieutenant governor and will become the highest-ranking Progressive in state history. Zuckerman, the Democratic and Progressive nominee, won just over 50 percent of the vote, while Brock won about 44 percent. Brock called Zuckerman just after midnight Wednesday to concede the race. Zuckerman will succeed Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott for the state’s second-highest office. Scott won the governor’s seat Tuesday in a wider-than-expected margin over Democrat Sue Minter. Continue Reading →

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Scott wins gubernatorial race

BURLINGTON — Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott won a decisive victory in Democratic leaning Vermont Tuesday and will become the state’s 82nd governor in January. With 224 of 275 voting districts reporting, Scott led Minter by a 54 percent to 42 percent margin with nearly 260,000 votes counted. Scott jumped out to an early lead on Minter, but the Democratic strong-hold of Burlington had yet to report results. Still, Scott bested Minter in other parts of Chittenden County — the state’s most populous. “For everyone that voted for me, your support means so much. Continue Reading →

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Leahy, Welch cruising to victory

BURLINGTON — Two of the three members of Vermont’s congressional delegation who were seeking re-election cruised to victory Tuesday and will return to Washington, D.C., in January. Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy, 76, the longest-serving member of the Senate, handily defeated Republican challenger Scott Milne. The Associated Press announced Leahy as the projected winner at 6:59 p.m., one minute before the polls closed in Vermont. With just 34 of 276 voting districts reporting results to the AP, Leahy led Milne by a 57 percent to 38 percent margin. Leahy’s win gives him an eighth term in the Senate, making him just the fifth person in U.S. history to be elected to eight, six-year terms.

“I’m here because you’ve honored me with six more years in the Senate,” Leahy told supporters at the Burlington Hilton where the Vermont Democratic Party held its election night event. Continue Reading →

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Clinton takes Vermont

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton will win the state of Vermont and its three Electoral College votes. Clinton’s victory over Republican Donald Trump is no surprise. The only unknown was how quickly a major news gathering outfit would project her as the winner. NBC News answered the question at 7:00 p.m., exactly the moment polls closed. President Barack Obama carried Vermont in 2008 and 2012 by massive margins, and Clinton’s victory over Trump was never really in question, despite her lopsided loss to hometown hero Bernie Sanders in the March presidential primary. Continue Reading →

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Election 2016: Updates from around the state on Election Day

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MONTPELIER (AP) — U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has voted in his hometown of Burlington. He says he just came back from a 12-state swing for Hillary Clinton and says he hopes that today “we defeat Donald Trump and we defeat him badly.” The independent U.S. senator from Vermont got 86 percent of the vote over Hillary Clinton in the state’s Democratic presidential primary in March, before losing the party nomination to her. He says he thinks this has been a particularly ugly election and he hopes the nation can get beyond this and “start focusing on the very serious issues that face this country.” He says he thinks Democratic gubernatorial candidate Sue Minter and Progressive/Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor David Zuckerman will be a great team for the state. Continue Reading →

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