2012 elections review: State executive primaries in Vermont and Arizona set ballots for November

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August 29, 2012


By Ballotpedia's state executive team

See also: Congressional and state legislative results

Phoenix, Arizona: There are three seats on the quasi-executive Arizona Corporation Commission up for election this year. All six candidates who filed for the office, including the full trio of incumbent commissioners, made it past the primary elections on August 28th and will advance to the general election on November 6th.[1] Below is a breakdown of the votes for the Democratic and Republican primary races. All results are unofficial until certified by the Arizona Secretary of State.

Arizona Corporation Commission-Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSandra Kennedy Incumbent 36.4% 194,670
Green check mark transparent.pngPaul Newman Incumbent 32.8% 175,580
Green check mark transparent.pngMarcia Busching 30.3% 162,292
Write-in 0.5% 2,838
Total Votes 535,380
Election Results via The Arizona Secretary of State.

Arizona Corporation Commission-Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Stump Incumbent 34.9% 280,838
Green check mark transparent.pngRobert "Bob" Burns 31.7% 255,367
Green check mark transparent.pngSusan Bitter Smith 32.9% 264,545
Write-in 0.5% 3,887
Total Votes 804,637
Election Results via The Arizona Secretary of State.


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MONTPELIER, VT: Yesterday's primaries in Vermont sealed the nomination of Democratic incumbent attorney general Bill Sorrell as well the general election candidates for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, treasurer and state auditor, also up for election this year. Excluding Sorrell and challenger T.J. Donovan, who conceded Wednesday morning after a hard-fought and extraordinarily close race,[2] every Republican, Democratic, and Progressive Party candidate seeking election to state executive office this year in Vermont skated through the primary round unopposed.[3] Of these six positions, current auditor Thomas Salmon is the only incumbent not running for re-election in 2012.[4] Salmon said he can retire with satisfaction after having achieved all the goals he set for the office, and plans to move on to "new challenges."[4]

Vermont Attorney General Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBill Sorrell Incumbent 50.8% 21,124
T.J. Donovan 49.1% 20,410
Write-in 0.2% 66
Total Votes 41,600
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

Since there was only one contested primary, the fall fields were basically set when the candidate filing period closed in June, barring one critical point of uncertainty: Write-in candidates can play an influential role in Vermont elections, and neither the identity nor the general election presence of those sleepers can be determined conclusively until all primary results are tabulated and submitted for review by representatives of the Democratic, Republican and Progressive parties. The write-in candidate mystery is the subject of particular interest this election cycle. After receiving the Progressive Party's nomination for governor in the spring, Party chairwoman Martha Abbott said she would yield her candidacy to incumbent Peter Shumlin in order to give government-financed health care system the best shot possible. Progressives responded by mounting a write-in campaign for the executive director of Vermonters for a Clean Environment, Annette Smith. Smith's single-issue platform concerns mountaintop wind development, to which, in the opinion of like-minded Progressives, Shumlin is not sufficiently opposed. The statutory requirements for Smith's write-in nomination are that she must receive more votes than an opponent whose name is already printed on the ballot, or else more than half the votes as the number of petition signatures needed to file for the office. For governor, that means 250 votes.[5] According to secretary of state Jim Condos (D), who is effectively unopposed for re-election in 2012, the details about write-in candidates such Smith will not be available for another week.[6] The exact general election match-ups cannot be known until those results are finalized, but here is a list of candidates already certified for advancement as of August 29th:[7]


Democratic Party Peter Shumlin incumbent
Republican Party Randolph "Randy" Brock
Lime2.png Martha Abbott

Lt. Governor:

Democratic Party Cassandra Gekas
Republican Party Phillip Scott incumbent
Lime2.png Marjorie Power

Secretary of State:

Democratic Party Jim Condos incumbent

Attorney General:

Democratic Party Bill Sorrell[8] incumbent (updated August 29, 2012)
Republican Party Jack McMullen


Democratic Party Beth Pearce incumbent
Republican Party Wendy Wilton
Lime2.png Don Schramm


Democratic Party Doug Hoffer
Republican Party Vincent Illuzzi

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