Vermont gubernatorial election, 2010

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Vermont gubernatorial election, 2010
Vermont
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November 2, 2010
→ 2012

  Peter Shumlin 2010 crop.jpg Brian Dubie.jpg
Nominee Peter Shumlin Brian Dubie
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 119,543[1] 115,212
Percentage 49.5% 47.7%

Vermont Gubernatorial Results by County, 2010.svg

County results

Governor before election

Jim Douglas
Republican

Elected Governor

Peter Shumlin
Democratic

The 2010 Vermont gubernatorial general election took place on November 2, 2010. Vermont is one of only two states where the Governor serves for a two-year term (the other being neighboring New Hampshire). The statewide primary election took place on August 24, 2010.

On August 27, 2009, incumbent Republican Governor Jim Douglas announced he would not run for reelection.[2] Following Douglas' announcement, the Democratic Governors Association said the race was in its top tier of elections for a change of political parties.[3] The non-partisan Cook Political Report currently also rated the gubernatorial election as a toss-up.[4]

On November 2, the voters posted an unofficial 117,561-113,227 electoral victory for Democrat Peter Shumlin.[5] Due to the other 4 candidates getting under 2,000, but most over 1,000 votes the total for Shumlin was close to the 50% plus 1 that is needed to not have the legislature vote on the winner as per the Vermont constitution. But regardless of whether Shumlin got the majority or simply a plurality of the vote, his main rival Republican Brian Dubie conceded the race around 9 am on November 3.[6]

Republican primary[edit]

Candidate[edit]

Democratic primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Peter Shumlin won the Democratic primary according to the uncertified tabulation of statewide votes released by the Office of the Secretary of State on August 27, 2010, by 197 votes over Doug Racine, who requested a recount.[12] The recount began September 8.[13] Racine conceded on September 10.[14]

Results[edit]

Democratic primary results[12][15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Shumlin 18,276 24.8%
Democratic Doug Racine 18,079 24.6%
Democratic Deborah Markowitz 17,579 23.9%
Democratic Matt Dunne 15,323 20.8%
Democratic Susan Bartlett 3,759 5.1%
Democratic write-in 560 0.8%
Totals 73,576 100%

Progressive primary[edit]

Candidates[edit]

  • Martha Abbott, state party chair; Abbott won the primary, then withdrew from the election, so the party did not have a candidate on the ballot.[16]

Results[edit]

Vermont Progressive primary results[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
VT Progressive Martha Abbott 257 69.6%
VT Progressive write-in 112 30.4%
Totals 369 100%

Independent and third party candidates[edit]

  • Cris Ericson, "United States Marijuana Party" Verification of party name as the "United States Marijuana Party"[clarification needed]
  • Dan Feliciano, independent
  • Ben Mitchell, Liberty Union Party
  • Em Payton, independent, of Putney
  • Dennis Steele, Independent

Polling[edit]

Poll source Dates administered Brian Dubie (R) Peter Shumlin (D)
Rasmussen Reports October 28, 2010 45% 50%
Vermont Public Radio October 12, 2010 44% 43%
Rasmussen Reports September 13, 2010 46% 49%
Rasmussen Reports June 17, 2010 55% 36%
Rasmussen Reports March 18, 2010 51% 33%

Results[edit]

2010 Gubernatorial Election Results, Vermont[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Peter Shumlin 119,543 49.44% +27.8%
Republican Brian Dubie 115,212 47.69% -5.7%
Independent Dennis Steele 1,917 0.79% n/a
Marijuana Cris Ericson 1,819 0.75% n/a
Independent Dan Feliciano 1,341 0.56% n/a
Independent Em Peyton 684 0.28% n/a
Liberty Union Ben Mitchell 429 0.18% -0.33%
Write-ins 660 0.27% n/a
Majority 4,331
Total votes 241,605 100%
Democratic gain from Republican

Because Vermont does not allow its Governor to be elected with fewer than 50% plus 1 of the total votes cast, the Vermont General Assembly officially elected Peter Shumlin as Vermont's governor. The vote took place on January 6, 2011:

2010 Gubernatorial Election Results, Legislative Joint Assembly
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Peter Shumlin 145 80.6% N/A
Republican Brian Dubie 28 15.6% N/A
Total votes 173 of 180 96.2% N/A

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/2010GeneralCanvass.pdf
  2. ^ Pershing, Ben (August 28, 2009). "Republican Governor Won't Seek Reelection in Democratic Vermont". The Washington Post. 
  3. ^ "Vermont Now Top-Tier Governor's Race" (Press release). Democratic Governors Association, via PR Newswire. August 27, 2009. 
  4. ^ "Governors | The Cook Political Report". Cookpolitical.com. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Election Results: Governor". wcax.com. 
  6. ^ "Dubie concedes to Shumlin in Vermont governor race". burlingtonfreepress.com. 2010-11-03. 
  7. ^ Sneyd, Ross (1 October 2009). "Dubie will run for governor". Vermont Public Radio. 
  8. ^ "Sen. Bartlett Enters 2010 Governor's Race". WCAX News. 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-05-04. 
  9. ^ "Dunne will run: Times Argus Online". Timesargus.com. 2009-11-03. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  10. ^ a b Hallenbeck, Terri (2009-02-24). "Democrats crowd race for governor". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved 2009-03-03. 
  11. ^ "Sen. Shumlin Confirms He’ll Run for Governor | www.rherald.com | Randolph Herald". www.rherald.com. 2009-11-19. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  12. ^ a b "Shumlin wins; Racine calls for recount". The Burlington Free Press. August 27, 2010. Retrieved August 27, 2010. [dead link]
  13. ^ Judge will speed up Vt. primary recount, Bennington Banner, September 3, 2010
  14. ^ Remsen, Nancy (September 10, 2010). "Racine concedes". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved September 11, 2010. 
  15. ^ a b http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/2010PrimaryCanvass.pdf
  16. ^ "Abbott drops out of governor's race". The Burlington Free Press. August 28, 2010. Retrieved August 29, 2010. [dead link]

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites