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Corren considers second run for lieutenant governor

MONTPELIER — Progressive Dean Corren says he is weighing a second bid for lieutenant governor in the 2016 election but will only do so if a case involving his last campaign and the state’s public financing for candidates is resolved in time. Corren, a former state representative from Burlington, fared poorly in his 2014 bid to unseat Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott. Scott received 62.1 percent of the vote to Corren’s 36 percent. Scott is now considering a run for governor in 2016 after Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin announced in June that he would not seek a fourth, two-year term. Corren said he is considering a second run for the number two spot. Continue Reading →

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Progressive Party gubernatorial recount slated for Thursday

Recounts of ballots for the Progressive Party’s gubernatorial primary will occur in courts across the state starting at 9 a.m. Thursday. State officials had determined candidate Martha Abbott defeated write-in challenger Annette Smith 371-370 on Thursday after a canvassing committee corrected official results from Tuesday. Elections officials will recount ballots in the Progressive Party by hand, unless otherwise notified, in county superior courts. Judge Robert Bent issued the order Friday, which requires two election officials to transport all ballots cast in the primary election from their city or town to each of their respective county clerks. The secretary of state’s office anticipates issuing a press release with the results, which could be declared Thursday or Friday. Continue Reading →

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Write-in candidate Annette Smith plans for recount

MONTPELIER – Write-in candidate Annette Smith said she now plans to request a recount, which was previously not an option. When primary results were certified Tuesday, Progressive Party candidate Martha Abbott was officially declared the winner. Abbott defeated Smith 371-354, and Abbott ended her campaign as governor later that day. Smith was not eligible for a recount, though, because the 17-vote difference wasn’t close enough. A 2 percent difference from the total amount of votes cast was required, which Smith missed by two votes. Continue Reading →

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