Washington (CNN) - Vermont Auditor Tom Salmon announced late Wednesday that he is seriously considering challenging Sen. Bernie Sanders in 2012, an independent who has represented the state for two decades on Capitol Hill.
Salmon, a former Democrat who switched to the Republican Party in the fall of 2009, told voters at that time his fiscal ideology was more in line with the GOP. He was first elected auditor in 2006, and acknowledged that it will be difficult to defeat Sanders next year.
(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.
(CNN) - In a gubernatorial race that came down to the wire, Vermont Republican Lt. Gov. Brian Dubie conceded the race to his opponent, Democrat Peter Shumlin on Wednesday.
Dubie called Shumlin to congratulate him Wednesday morning, his campaign announced.
(CNN) - Democratic incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy has won re-election to a seventh term, beating out Republican nominee Len Britton in the Vermont Senate race, CNN projects.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/09/12/art.shumlin.file1.shumlin.jpg caption =" Peter Shumlin has won the Democratic nomination for governor in Vermont."](CNN) - Peter Shumlin has won the Democratic nomination for Vermont governor after unofficial recount results showed he defeated state senator and former lieutenant governor Doug Racine by 203 votes in the August 24 primary.
Racine's campaign manager confirmed to CNN that Racine conceded the race Friday and endorsed Shumlin, who currently serves as President Pro Tempore of Vermont's state senate.
Shumlin now faces GOP nominee Brian Dubie, the current lieutenant governor.
(CNN) - The winner of Tuesday's five-way Democratic gubernatorial primary in Vermont emerged Friday and the runner-up quickly called for a recount, with 197 votes separating the top two candidates.
According to uncertified results released Friday by the office of Vermont's Secretary of State, Peter Shumlin has won the election with 18,276 votes. Doug Racine received 18,079 votes. Out of 74,634 votes cast, the 197 the separate Shumlin and Racine represent just one quarter of one percent.
"That is less than one vote per town," Racine told reporters at a press conference Friday.
"I've just spoken with Peter [Shumlin], and I told him I would be requesting a recount," Racine said. "Peter said he would support my decision."
–CNN Producer Laura Bernardini contributed to this report
(Updated at 7:35 p.m. ET)
Vermont’s Democratic gubernatorial primary is still too close to call. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
(CNN) - It's a race that the national media easily overlooked given more high profile contests in Arizona, Florida, and Alaska, but the battle for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Vermont has shaped up to be among Tuesday's most competitive elections.
The five-way race remains too close to call, with only 132 votes separating the top two finishers – State Sens. Peter Shumlin and Douglas Racine. A third candidate, state Sen. Deb Markowitz also remains very much in the mix, trailing Racine by only 651 votes.
Matt Dunne, a former state senator and executive at Google, finds himself 3,000 votes back while state Sen. Susan Bartlett came in at a distant fifth place.
Despite the unclear result, the five Democrats are slated to appear on the same stage at a "unity rally" later Wednesday. According to CNN affiliate WCAX, the Vermont secretary of state isn't likely to have official vote totals until next Tuesday and a recount is likely given a candidate may ask for one if the vote spread is less than 2 percentage points.
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WASHINGTON (CNN) - Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas announced Thursday that he will not run for re-election in 2010.
The Republican said at a press conference at the state house in Montpelier that he will not seek a fifth two-year term, or run for any other public office in the next election.
"I am not running for president," Douglas said, to laughs. He joked that his wife "has a divorce lawyer on speed dial if I ever utter that crazy idea. I am not running for the U.S. Senate, U.S. House or any other statewide office in 2010."
"...As any farmer knows after many years working sunup to sundown, seven days a week, there comes a time to turn over the reins to fresh arms. For me, that time is approaching."
Three potential Democratic challengers, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz, state Sen. Douglas Racine and state Sen. Susan Bartlett, had already announced their intent to run for governor before Douglas made his announcement.
[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/04/07/art.douglas.gi.jpg caption="Vermont Gov. Jim Douglas had vetoed a bill to allow same-sex marriage in his state."](CNN) - Vermont's House and Senate voted Tuesday to override the governor's veto of a bill legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.
The Senate voted 23-5 to override Gov. Jim Douglas' veto, according to the Senate office. Shortly afterward, the House overrode the veto on a 100-49 vote. The votes surpassed the number needed - two-thirds of those present - to override the veto.
The action makes Vermont the fourth state to legalize same-sex marriages. The others are Massachusetts, Connecticut and, as of last week, Iowa.
Douglas vetoed the bill on Monday. "Vermont's civil union law has afforded the same state rights, responsibilities and benefits of marriage to same-sex couples," the governor wrote in a letter to David Gibson, secretary of the Senate. "Our civil union law serves Vermont well and I would support congressional action to extend those benefits at the federal level to states that recognize same sex unions. But I believe that marriage should remain between a man and a woman."
From CNN Senior Political Analyst Bill Schneider
(CNN) - It's no surprise CNN has called Vermont for Barack Obama and Kentucky for John McCain. A look at the exit polls shows that both men won nearly every demographic across the board. These two states could not be more different!