So, who won? Who knows!

More than 16 hours after polls closed for Vermont's primary election, we still don't know who the Democratic nominee for governor is. Democrats are still holding a Unity Rally in Burlington at noontime, so we should know more then.

Do they rally around front-runner Peter Shumlin, who seems to be leading (according to some numbers) by less than 200 votes? Do they rally around the idea of a recount – which could take weeks and benefit Republican candidate Brian Dubie? Is this the extended Obama-Clinton primary all over again?

"We're glad that the primary was not in September," said Casey Haggas, the communications director for the Vermont Democratic Party. She had no news as to what would happen at the rally.

Former State Sen. Matt Dunne was conceded the race. Here's what he wrote to supporters this morning:

While all four of the top contenders are still within about 4% of each other, it does not appear that we will end up on top, even with the remaining towns outstanding.

It was a tough week for Dunne, although he had a great turnout and some momentum on his side. Complicated the campaign, of course, was Dunne's brother going to the hospital last week. Dunne said:

The last week of this campaign was particularly challenging for me and my family, but I am happy to report that my brother Josh is continuing to recover at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center and even insisted that an absentee ballot be delivered to his hospital room. The outpouring of support and the continued strength of the campaign during my absence is a reminder of what an incredible community we have in Vermont.

– Dan Barlow

One Response to So, who won? Who knows!

  1. Morgan W. Brown

    Recount is in Order
    Considering everything at stake, it is my hope that Doug Racine and his campaign gives serious consideration to requesting a recount as concerns the Vermont Democratic gubernatorial primary election.
    Many rank and file Democrats and also others who voted in the election as well, including many supporters of Peter Shumlin, had stated online that a recount should be done when final unofficial results had not yet been called by the press.
    They stated their opinions that it was indeed crucial to make sure all votes were properly counted and accounted for so there would be no doubts of whom got the most votes and is rightly the Democratic nominee.
    The fact is the race was way too close, especially knowing how easy it is for things to go wrong during the initial vote counting process in a statewide race, which the state auditors race from several years ago helped to illustrate, when one candidate seemed to win and on a recount another of candidates had been found to have actually received the most votes and had been duly elected.
    In addition, since this was a primary election with a lower total of voters, it will not take as long as the aforementioned recount had, so this cannot be an excuse not to do so.
    This election is far too important to allow any doubts or questions to linger over it, which would be the case if an official recount was not performed.
    Morgan W. Brown