Vermont lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

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Vermont Gubernatorial Election

Primary Date:
August 26, 2014

General Election Date:
November 4, 2014

November 4 Election Winner:
Phillip Scott Republican Party
Incumbent prior to election:
Phillip Scott Republican Party
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The Vermont lieutenant gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Phillip Scott (R) was first elected in 2010 and was running for re-election. He won another two-year term by defeating Vermont Progressive Party and Democratic candidate Dean Corren and Liberty Union Party candidate Marina Brown in the general election.

Vermont is one of 14 states that uses an open primary system, in which registered voters do not have to be members of a party to vote in that party's primary.[1][2][3]

Candidates

General election

Republican Party Phillip Scott - IncumbentGreen check mark transparent.png
Lime2.png/Democratic Party Dean Corren - Vermont Progressive Party and Democratic candidate[4][5]
Independent Marina Brown - Liberty Union Party candidate[6]

Withdrew

Democratic Party John Bauer[7]

Results

General election

Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Scott Incumbent 62.1% 118,949
     Progressive Dean Corren 36% 69,005
     Liberty Union Marina Brown 1.7% 3,347
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.1% 115
Total Votes 191,416
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

Race background

The absence of a Democratic candidate in this race, coupled with Vermont's current leftward lean, meant that the third-party candidates running for Vermont Lieutenant Governor, Dean Corren of the Vermont Progressive Party and Democratic Party and Marina Brown of the Liberty Union Party, had a better chance than usual of winning a statewide office.

Campaign finance and spending

Dean Corren was initially thought to have a financial advantage because he qualified for public funding, according to Ballot Access News.[8] The requirements to receive public funding in Vermont are strict and Corren was the only candidate to qualify since 2004. In the event, however, Corren was limited by the $200,000 cap on public spending, while incumbent Republican Phil Scott outspent him, amassing $233,347.53 in expenditures by November 3, 2014.[9]

Corren's campaign had reported $38,496 in media purchases by mid-October, compared to no media purchases for Scott. The Vermont Progressive candidate used that money to purchase radio and TV spots along with billboards.[10]

Endorsements

Corren earned endorsements from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I), Rep. Peter Welch (D) and Gov. Peter Shumlin (D). Scott received endorsements from state legislators including Richard Mazza (D) and Richard Sears (D).[11]

Past elections

2012

Lieutenant Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhillip Scott Incumbent 57.1% 162,787
     Democratic Cassandra Gekas 40.4% 115,015
     Liberty Union Ben Mitchell 2.4% 6,975
     Independent Write-in 0.1% 257
Total Votes 285,034
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

2010

Lieutenant Governor of Vermont, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngPhil Scott 49.4% 116,198
     Democratic Steve Howard 42.4% 99,843
     Independent Peter Garritano 3.7% 8,627
     Progressive Marjorie Power 3.5% 8,287
     Liberty Union Boots Wardinski 0.9% 2,228
     Write-In Various 0.1% 147
Total Votes 235,330
Election Results Via: Vermont Secretary of State

Key deadlines

Deadline Event
June 12, 2014 Filing deadline
August 26, 2014 Primary election
November 4, 2014 General election
November 11, 2014 Canvassing committees prepare certificates of election
January 8, 2015 State executives inaugurated

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