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