Ballotpedia's 2012 General Election Preview Articles: Vermont State Legislature

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October 29, 2012

By Ballotpedia's State legislative team

Vermont's State Legislative Elections in 2012
Senate seats Contested senate seats House seats Contested house seats
30 28 (93.3%) 150 110 (73.3%)

MONTPELIER: Vermont: There are 180 total legislative seats with 2012 elections in Vermont, where all polls are open from 10am to 7pm. Most polls open earlier.[1]

The State Senate with 30 seats is currently under Democratic control, 20 to 8, with 2 seats belonging to the Vermont Progressive Party. 6 incumbents, split along party lines, are retiring from the Senate this year. The 150-seat House of Representatives is 94-47 in favor of the Democrats, with 5 Vermont Progressive Party members, 3 Independents, and 1 vacant seat. Of the 10 retiring incumbents, 9 are Democrats, 7 are Republicans, and 1 is from the Vermont Progressive Party. Neither chamber is in danger of changing hands this year.

Of the 149 incumbents up for election in 2012, 133 (89.2%) of them are running for re-election. A total of 138 of 180 (76.7%) districts will see more than one major party candidate in the general election.

Here are a few races to watch:


  • The Chittenden District, which accounts for 6 of the 30 seats in the chamber, has 14 candidates on the ballot. Voters can select up to six candidates per ballot, and the top six represent the district in the State Senate. An incumbent from this district has never lost to a challenger, but with so many options it is always a possibility.[2]


  • In the Rutland-Bennigan District, multi-term Incumbent John Malcolm (D) has drawn Independent challenger Estella Leach. Malcolm defeated Leach in 2004 to gain his seat.[3]

Vermont State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 20 21
     Republican Party 8 7
     Vermont Progressive Party 2 2
Total 30 30

Vermont House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 94 98
     Republican Party 47 43
     Vermont Progressive Party 5 4
     Independent 3 4
     Vacancy 1 1
Total 150 150


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