Shumlin positions himself for 2012 re-election bid

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August 15, 2011

Vermont

Montpelier, VT: According to a recent Public Policy Polling poll, Governor Peter Shumlin's popularity is at 45% in the Green Mountain State. Among self-identified Democrats his approval is at 71%, while only 11% of Republicans reported similar satisfaction with the governor's administration's first eight months.[1]

That hasn't stopped the first-term governor from fundraising. Though Shumlin has said it's too early to say whether or not he's running, his campaign finance report for 2011 released last month shows $187,379.98 in campaign donations to date.[2] That tops both of his potential Republican challengers, Jim Douglas and Brian Dubie. Douglas reports $21,282.33, all of which is a surplus carried forward, and Dubie boasts a modest $879.47.[3]

Despite his strong early showing in campaign donations, Shumlin is reaching out to Vermont's Progressive Party in an effort to offset the state's disapproving Republicans. Over this past weekend, Shumlin attended their quarterly steering committee meeting, becoming the state's first governor to address the gathering. The Progressive Party's endorsement in Shumlin's 2010 gubernatorial campaign proved key, giving him an edge over Dubie, whom he defeated by just 4,300 votes.[4]

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