(CNN) - Democrat Peter Shumlin was officially elected governor of Vermont Thursday in a joint session of the state legislature. He received 145 votes compared to 28 votes for the Republican nominee, incumbent Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie.
Though Dubie conceded the race shortly after the November 2010 election, the Vermont state constitution requires that the legislature elect the governor, lieutenant governor, and other statewide officials if no candidate receives a majority of the votes.
Shumlin, a state senator, received 49.5 percent of the vote in the November election, compared to 47.7 percent for Dubie.
Democrats control both chambers of the state legislature, with a 95 to 48 seat advantage in the House and a 22 to 8 seat lead in the Senate.
Shumlin will be sworn-in Thursday afternoon. He replaces outgoing GOP Gov. Jim Douglas.
This is just a start. As we see the effectiveness of the Republican Pledge to America and the new way Washington conducts it's business, certainly more Americans will identify with the Republican Party and the sensibility of conservative governance.
Well, yes, one could say it is just a start ...of Early.Onset.Baby Boomer.Alzheimer's. In a few years, I doubt most of these folks will identify with anyone, let alone be able to vote. No doubt pre-vote screening is in the works. If not, it should be.
Congatulations to Governor Shumlin. Our new DEMOCRATIC Governor used his excutive power to finally start receiving the Federal Funding for Medicaid Stimulus dollars that Pawlenty got in so much trouble in with the MN courts resulting from his elimination of people receiving aid because his refusal of accepting the additional funding. Evidently the opposition to Dayton's act were able to speak prior to Dayton signing the iniative into law. An elderly man recieving both Medicare and VA medical assistance was absolutely against Minnesota receiving Stimulus Medicaid Federal Funding. Terrilbly funning listening to him mumble his complaints while admitting HE was on the federal rolls himself. Definately a follower of the I Got Mine - Screw You mindset.