Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Vermont Congressional Seats

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional team

Vermont's Congressional Elections in 2012
U.S. Senate Election? U.S. House seats Possible competitive races?
Yes 1 0

MONTPELIER: Vermont: Vermont has one at-large U.S. House seat and one U.S. Senate seat on the ballot in 2012. For the at-large district, incumbent Peter Welch (D) is seeking re-election. He did not have any challenger in the primary, nor did his Republican competition Mark Donka. There are also three independent candidates seeking the House seat. Vermont, along with Wyoming, had the least competitive congressional primaries in 2012, with 0% of major party primaries having been contested (0 out of 2). The national average is 54.31%.

Currently, the Democratic Party holds both the Congressional seat and the two U.S. Senate seats (one, held by Bernie Sanders, is Independent but caucuses with Democrats).

In Vermont, the polling locations open at different times, from 5 AM to 10 AM but all polls close at 7 PM local time.[1]

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times (2012)

U.S. Senate

Incumbent Bernie Sanders is running for re-election and was first elected to the office in 2006. Sanders is registered as an Independent candidate, and was unopposed in the primary election. Republican nominee John MacGovern defeated Brooke Paige in the primary to get the nomination. The primary was held on August 28, 2012. In addition to MacGovern, four Independent candidates are also running for the Senate seat. According to race ratings, Vermont's U.S. Senate race is considered a solid Democratic seat. Sanders is expected to easily win re-election.

State General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
Vermont Class 1 Senate seat Democratic Party Bernie Sanders
Republican Party John MacGovern
Independent Cris Ericson
Independent Laurel LaFramboise
Independent Peter Moss
Independent Pete Diamondstone
Bernie Sanders Pending Pending

U.S. House

Welch is also expected to easily win re-election. In 2010 he won re-election by more than 30 percentage points. Here is a complete list of U.S. House candidates appearing on the general election ballot in Vermont:

District General Election Candidates Incumbent 2012 Winner Partisan Switch?
1st Democratic Party Peter Welch
Republican Party Mark Donka
Independent James Desrochers
Independent Andre LaFramboise
Independent Jane Newton
Peter Welch Pending Pending
Members of the U.S. House from Vermont -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 1 1
 Congressional Redistricting Map 

Vermont only has 1 at-large district and therefore did not undergo any changes after the 2010 census. For more information, view Redistricting in Vermont.


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