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|Governor of Vermont|
- See also: Vermont gubernatorial election, 2012
Abbott was a Progressive Party candidate for Governor of Vermont. She ran unopposed in the primary on August 28, 2012 and would have faced incumbent Peter Shumlin (D) and Randy Brock (R) in the general election had she remained in the race. Soon after she accepted her party's nomination, Abbott confessed her intention to drop out of the race rather than oppose Shumlin in the general election. One week after the primary election, Abbott dropped out of the gubernatorial race. Her candidacy was a purely strategic maneuver to prevent another member of her party from winning, and she said she wanted to yield her party's support to help Shumlin win re-election.
- Associated Press, "Vt.'s election shaping up with candidate filings," June 14, 2012
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- Vermont Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," August 28, 2012
- Boston.com, "Winner of Progressive primary for Vt. governor quits," September 4, 2012