United States Senate election in Vermont, 2010

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United States Senate election in Vermont, 2010

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Nominee Patrick Leahy Len Britton
Party Democratic Republican
Popular vote 151,281 72,699
Percentage 64.7% 30.9%

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County results

U.S. Senator before election

Patrick Leahy

Elected U.S. Senator

Patrick Leahy[1]

The 2010 United States Senate election in Vermont took place on November 2, 2010 alongside other elections to the United States Senate in other states as well as elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy was elected to a seventh term.

Democratic primary[edit]


  • Patrick Leahy, incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Daniel Frielich, military doctor (also running as an independent)


Democratic primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Patrick Leahy (Incumbent) 64,177 89.06%
Democratic Daniel Frielich 7,886 10.94%
Total votes 72,063 100.0%

General election[edit]


  • Len Britton (R), businessman
  • Patrick Leahy (D), incumbent U.S. Senator
  • Stephen Cain (I)[3]
  • Pete Diamondstone (Socialist)[3][4]
  • Cris Ericson (U.S. Marijuana), two-time former candidate for U.S. Senate[3]
  • Daniel Freilich (I), military doctor[3]
  • Johenry Nunes (I), military education and training manager[3]


First elected in 1974, Leahy is the first and only Democrat elected to the U.S. Senate from Vermont. He won his last two re-election campaigns with at least 70% of the vote. He is the second-most-senior member of Congress. In a June 2010 poll, the incumbent was viewed very favorably by 52% of the state. 52% of the state opposed repeal of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and 50% opposed Arizona's immigration law. Obama's approval rating in the poll was 62%.[5] Obama carried Vermont with 67% of the vote in 2008.

His Republican opponent was Len Britton, a businessman who had never run for public office before. As of August 2010, he had released two TV ads, criticizing Obama's stimulus and the deficits.[6] His campaign manager admitted "Len is an unknown candidate and we are rigorously running on a difficult campaign schedule."[7]



Source Ranking As of
Cook Political Report Solid D[9] October 23, 2010
Rothenberg Safe D[10] October 22, 2010
Swing State Project Safe D[citation needed]
RealClearPolitics Safe D[11] October 23, 2010
Sabato's Crystal Ball Safe D[12] October 21, 2010
CQ Politics Safe D[13] October 23, 2010


Poll source Date(s)
of error
Patrick Leahy (D) Len Britton (R) Other Undecided
Rasmussen Reports June 17, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 64% 29% 3% 4%
Rasmussen Reports September 13, 2010 500 ± 4.5% 63% 32% 2% 4%
Vermont Public Radio/Mason-Dixon October 11–13, 2010 625 ± 4.0% 62% 27% 4% 7%


Candidate (party) Receipts Disbursements Cash on hand Debt
Patrick Leahy (D) $3,469,878 $2,090,603 $2,598,061 $0
Len Britton (R) $199,813 $144,541 $55,270 $69,833
Source: Federal Election Commission[14]


United States Senate election in Vermont, 2010[15]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Democratic Patrick Leahy (Incumbent) 151,281 64.36% -6.27%
Republican Len Britton 72,699 30.93% +6.38%
Independent Daniel Freilich 3,544 1.51% N/A
Marijuana Cris Ericson 2,731 1.16% N/A
Independent Stephen Cain 2,356 1.00% N/A
Socialist Peter Diamondstone 1,433 0.61% N/A
Independent Johenry Nunes 1,021 0.43% N/A
Majority 78,528 33.43%
Total votes 235,065 100.00%
Democratic hold Swing


External links[edit]

Official campaign websites