1976 Vermont gubernatorial election

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1976 Vermont gubernatorial election

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  Richard A Snelling.jpg Stella Hackel.JPG Bernie Sanders 104th Congress.jpg
Nominee Richard Snelling Stella Sims Bernie Sanders
Party Republican Democratic Liberty Union
Popular vote 99,268 75,262 11,317
Percentage 53.4% 40.4% 6.1%

Vermont Governor Election Results by County, 1976.svg
County results

Governor before election

Thomas P. Salmon

Elected Governor

Richard Snelling

The 1976 Vermont gubernatorial election took place on November 2, 1976. Incumbent Democrat Thomas P. Salmon did not seek another term as Governor of Vermont, instead running for United States Senate. Republican candidate Richard A. Snelling defeated Democratic candidate Stella B. Hackel and Liberty Union candidate Bernie Sanders to succeed him.

Democratic primary[edit]


Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Stella B. Hackel 18,522 43.9
Democratic Brian D. Burns 14,725 34.9
Democratic Robert O'Brien 8,809 20.9
Democratic Other 71 0.2
Total votes 42,127 100

Republican primary[edit]


Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Richard A. Snelling 24,279 72.0
Republican William G. Craig 9,429 28.0
Total votes 33,708 100

Liberty Union primary[edit]


Liberty Union primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Liberty Union Bernie Sanders 433 98.6
Liberty Union Other 6 1.4
Total votes 439 100

General election[edit]


Vermont gubernatorial election, 1976[2]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Richard A. Snelling 98,206 52.8
Bi-Partisan Vermonters Richard A. Snelling 1,062 0.6
Total Richard A. Snelling 99,268 53.4
Democratic Stella B. Hackel 72,761 39.1
Independent Vermonters Stella B. Hackel 2,501 1.3
Total Stella B. Hackel 75,262 40.4
Liberty Union Bernie Sanders[3] 11,317 6.1
N/A Other 82 0.0
Total votes 185,929 100


  1. ^ a b c "Primary Election Results" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  2. ^ "General Election Results – Governor – 1789-2012" (PDF). Office of the Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Sanders: 'We begin a political revolution'". Burlington Free Press. 2015-05-27. Retrieved 2018-02-15. Wednesday, October 6, 1976, Bernard Sanders, 35, returns to the campaign trail, this time running in an open-seat governor's race as the Liberty Union Party standard-bearer. In an interview with the Burlington Free Press, he is asked why he's running. "When I was a boy and watched presidents and other candidates on television, it became clear what they were saying didn't make sense to my parents or even me," he answers. "I came to realize it is right and necessary for people to stand up and oppose what is wrong. I have learned that people will respond if you tell them the truth about how you see the world."