United States Senate elections in Vermont, 2012

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2012 U.S. Senate Elections in Vermont

CandidatesPollsElection History

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 will elect one member to the U.S. Senate in the November 6, 2012 elections.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run is June 14, 2012. The primary elections will be held on August 28, 2012.

The election will fill the Class 1 Senate seat, which is currently held by Bernie Sanders (I). First elected in 1974, Sanders is running for re-election in 2012. Sanders caucuses with the Democrats but is officially an Independent.

Candidates

Democratic Party Democratic Primary

Republican Party Republican primary

Independent Independent candidate

Race rating

Cook Political Report

Each month the Cook Political Report releases race ratings for President, U.S. Senate, U.S. House (competitive only) and Governors. There are seven possible designations: [1]

     Solid Democratic
     Likely Democratic
     Lean Democratic

     Tossup

     Lean Republican
     Likely Republican
     Solid Republican

Cook Political Report Race Rating -- Vermont Senate
Month Rating
March 22, 2012[2]     
March 1, 2012[3]     
January 26, 2012[4]     
December 22, 2011[5]     
December 1, 2011[6]     

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.[7]

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


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