2012 elections preview: Vermont voters to select winners in congressional, legislative primaries

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August 27, 2012

By Ballotpedia's Congressional and State legislative teams

The primary season continues with elections in Alaska, Arizona, Oklahoma, and Vermont tomorrow.

Here's what to watch for in Vermont, where all polling places are open from 10:00 AM to 7:00 PM, Eastern Time on Election Day. Most polls open earlier.[1]

Contested Primaries in Vermont -- August 28, 2012
U.S. House
(1 seat)
State Legislature
(180 seats)
Total Democratic Contested Primaries 0 (0%) 40 (22%)
Total Republican Contested Primaries 0 (0%) 25 (14%)


U.S. Senate

United States Senate elections in Vermont, 2012

There are three candidates competing in primaries for Vermont's U.S. Senate seat tomorrow - 2 Republicans and 1 Democrat. In the Republican primary, John MacGovern and Brooke Paige compete for the nomination. The winner will face Democratic incumbent Bernie Sanders in the general election.

U.S. House

United States House of Representatives elections in Vermont, 2012

Vermont has a single congressional seat on the ballot in 2012. A total of 4 candidates have filed to run, made up of 1 Republican challenger, 1 incumbent, and 2 third-party candidates. Including states with their primaries tomorrow, a total of 415 U.S. House seats have held primaries. Thus far, 54.94% of possible primaries have been contested. Vermont's contested figure of 0% (0 out of 2 possible party primaries) is significantly less competitive than the national average.

In Vermont's lone congressional district, incumbent Peter Welch is running unopposed in the Democratic primary. Republican Mark Donka is also unopposed in his primary. They will face off in the general election on November 6, 2012.

Members of the U.S. House from Vermont -- Partisan Breakdown
Party As of November 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 1 1
     Republican Party 0 0
Total 1 1

State legislature

See also Vermont State Senate elections, 2012 and Vermont House of Representatives elections, 2012

In Vermont, there are 180 total legislative seats with elections in 2012. There are 40 (22%) contested Democratic primaries and 25 (14%) contested Republican primaries. Thus, there are 65 (18%) races with at least two candidates on the ballot. The 18% figure of contested primaries in Vermont is lower than the current national contested average of 18.4% for states that have had filing deadlines.

There are a total of 14 incumbents facing primary opposition -- 12 Democrats and 2 Republicans.

Some of the incumbents facing a primary opponent are:


Democratic Party Bennington District (2): Incumbent Robert Hartwell will face incumbent Richard Sears.
Democratic Party Chittenden District (6): There are a total of 9 candidates running in this district, and four are incumbents. The incumbents are Timothy Ashe, Philip Baruth, Sally Fox, and Virginia Lyons.
Democratic Party Windham District (2): Incumbent Jeanette White will try to fend off incumbent Peter Galbraith and challenger Mary Cain.


Democratic Party Chittenden 6-1: Incumbent William Aswad is challenged by Joanna Cole and Robert Hooper.
Democratic Party Windham 3: Incumbent Carolyn Partridge will face incumbent Matt Trieber and Christopher Moore.

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

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

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