United States Senate elections in Vermont, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Vermont

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November 6 Election Winner:
Bernie Sanders Independent
Incumbent prior to election:
Bernie Sanders Independent
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Cook Political Report Race Rating
     Solid D (Prior to election)

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2012 U.S. House Elections

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Voters in Vermont elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

Incumbent Bernie Sanders (I) won re-election on November 6, 2012.[1]

Candidate Filing Deadline Primary Election General Election
June 14, 2012
August 28, 2012
November 6, 2012

Primary: Vermont has an open primary system, in which any registered voter can choose which party's primary to vote in, without having to be a member of that party.

Voter registration: Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by August 22, 2012. For the general election, the voter registration deadline was October 31, 2012.[2]

See also: Vermont elections, 2012

Incumbent: The election filled the Class 1 Senate seat, which was held by Bernie Sanders (I). First elected in 1974, Sanders ran for re-election in 2012. Sanders caucused with the Democrats but was officially an Independent.

Candidates

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General election candidates

IndependentBernie Sanders Green check mark transparent.png
Republican PartyJohn MacGovern
IndependentCris Ericson
IndependentLaurel LaFramboise
IndependentPeter Moss
IndependentPete Diamondstone


August 28, 2012, primary results

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican Primary

Independent Third party candidates

Election results

General Election

U.S. Senate, Vermont, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngBernie Sanders Incumbent 71.1% 207,848
     Republican John MacGovern 24.9% 72,898
     Third Cris Ericson 2% 5,924
     Third Laurel LaFramboise 0.3% 877
     Third Peter Moss 0.8% 2,452
     Third Pete Diamondstone 0.9% 2,511
Total Votes 292,510
Source: Vermont Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

Race background

Incumbent Bernie Sanders (I), first elected to his Senate seat in 1974, was seeking re-election in 2012. Sanders caucused with the Democrats but is officially an Independent. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, and faced Republican primary nominee John MacGovern in the general election, as well as third party candidates Cris Ericson, Laurel LaFramboise, Peter Moss, and Pete Diamondstone.

Competitiveness

According to The New York Times' analysis of the 2012 Senate elections, the Vermont Senate race was rated as solid Democratic heading into November's general election.[4]

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report released race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There were seven possible designations:[5]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Vermont Senate
Month Rating
October 4, 2012[6]     
September 13, 2012[7]     
August 21, 2012[8]     
July 12, 2012[9]     
May 31, 2012[10]     
May 10, 2012[11]     
March 22, 2012[12]     
March 1, 2012[13]     
January 26, 2012[14]     
December 22, 2011[15]     
December 1, 2011[16]     

Campaign contributions

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[17]April 10, 2012$2,938,691.31$950,336.11$(281,427.23)$3,607,600.19
July Quarterly[18]July 12, 2012$3,607,600.19$851,033.10$(406,079.06)$4,052,554.23
Running totals
$1,801,369.21$(687,506.29)

John MacGovern

John MacGovern Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[19]April 13, 2012$0.00$12,882.28$(21.00)$12,667.28
Running totals
$12,882.28$(21)

Election history

2006

On November 7, 2006, Bernie Sanders won election to the U.S. Senate, defeating Rich Tarrant (R), Cris Ericson (I), Craig Hill (Vermont Green), Pete Diamondstone (Liberty Union), Peter Moss (Anti-Bushist Candidate), and a write-in.[20]

U.S. Senate, Vermont, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngBernard Sanders 65.4% 171,638
     Republican Rich Tarrant 32.4% 84,924
     Independent Cris Ericson 0.7% 1,735
     Vermont Green Craig Hill 0.6% 1,536
     Liberty Union Pete Diamondstone 0.3% 801
     Anti-Bushist Peter Moss 0.6% 1,518
     Write-in Write-in 0.1% 267
Total Votes 262,419

See also

References

  1. ABC News, "2012 General Election Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. Vermont Elections, "Register to Vote," accessed July 27, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Vermont Elections & Campaign Finance Division, "Draft candidate list for August 28 primary," accessed June 18, 2012
  4. The New York Times, "2012 Senate race ratings," accessed September 17, 2012
  5. Cook Political Report, "Our Accuracy," accessed December 12, 2011
  6. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," October 4, 2012
  7. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," September 13, 2012
  8. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," August 21, 2012
  9. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," July 12, 2012
  10. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 31, 2012
  11. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," May 10, 2012
  12. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 22, 2012
  13. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," March 1, 2012
  14. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," January 26, 2012
  15. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 27, 2011
  16. Cook Political Report, "2012 SENATE RACE RATINGS," December 1, 2011
  17. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Bernie Sanders April Quarterly," accessed July 20, 2012
  18. Federal Election Commission, "Friends of Bernie Sanders July Quarterly," accessed July 20, 2012
  19. Federal Election Commission, "MacGovern for US Senate April Quarterly," accessed July 13, 2012
  20. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"