Vermont gubernatorial election, 2012

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The Vermont gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2012, following a primary on August 28, 2012. The period for major party candidates to file with the Vermont Secretary of State ran from May 29th through June 14th.[1]

Democratic Party Peter Shumlin (D) Green check mark transparent.png
Republican Party Randy Brock (R)
Independent Emily Peyton (Independent)
Cris Ericson (United States Marijuana)
Dave Eagle (Liberty Union)
Three candidates entered the race, and none faced a primary challenger: Incumbent Peter Shumlin (D), state Senator Randy Brock (R) and Martha Abbott (Vermont Progressive Party).[2] Two candidates - Emily Peyton (Independent) and Cris Ericson (United States Marijuana) - announced their intention to run but failed to file their paperwork with the Vermont Secretary of State in time for the June 15th deadline. Abbott, the Progressive Party nominee, who was nominally unopposed in the primary, dropped out of the race one week after the primary election. Her candidacy was a purely strategic maneuver to prevent another member of her party from winning, and she said she wanted to yield her party's support to help Shumlin win re-election.[3]


Donkey symbol.png Democratic candidates

Gop logo2.jpg Republican candidates

Governor of Vermont General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeter Shumlin Incumbent 57.8% 170,749
     Republican Randy Brock 37.6% 110,940
     Independent Emily Peyton 2% 5,868
     United States Marijuana Cris Ericson 1.9% 5,583
     Liberty Union Dave Eagle 0.4% 1,303
     Independent Write-in 0.3% 969
Total Votes 295,412
Election Results via Vermont Secretary of State.

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Progressive candidate

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Key dates

  • Administrative deadlines are at close of business (5:00) unless otherwise noted.
Deadline Event
June 14 Statewide candidate filing deadline
Aug. 22 Voter registration for primary election
Aug. 27 Requests for absentee primary ballots received
Aug. 28 Primary election
Oct. 31 Voter registration for general election
Nov. 5 Requests for absentee general election ballots received
Nov. 6 General election

Race tracking

See also: Ballotpedia Election Racetracking
2011 Race Rankings - Vermont Governor
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report[6] Solid Democrat
Governing Politics[7] Likely Democratic
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball[8] Solid Democrat
The Rothenberg Political Report[9] Safe Democrat
Overall Call Democrat

**Last updated September 12, 2012**

Peter Shumlin v. Randy Brock
Poll Peter Shumlin Randy BrockNeitherNot SureRefusedMargin of ErrorSample Size
Castleton Polling Institute
August 11-21, 2012
Castleton College
May 7-16, 2012
AVERAGES 60% 26.45% 1.75% 10.25% 0.9% +/-5.5 415
Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to

Peter Shumlin

Peter Shumlin Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
First report[10]July 16, 2012$209,965.47$492,121.90$(36,778.16)$625,130.02
Pre-PrimaryAugust 15, 2012$625,130.02$160,293.14$(16,041.29)$769,026.61
Post-Primary[11]September 17, 2012$769,026.61$160,662.00$(34,714.03)$894,974.58
Pre-General[12]October 15, 2012$894,974.58$172,906.00$(32,664.52)$1,030,706.06
Running totals

Randy Brock

Randy Brock Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
First report[13]July 16, 2012$0.00$485,514.03$(282,268.61)$203,245.42
Pre-PrimaryAugust 15, 2012$203,245.42$55,329.00$(65,515.81)$193,058.61
Post-Primary[14]September 17, 2012$193,058.61$62,420.44$(60,736.00)$194,743.05
Pre-General[15]October 15, 2012$194,743.05$44,979.00$(176,804.81)$62,917.24
Running totals

Peter Shumlin

  • The Vermont National Education Association, the state's largest union.[16]
  • Professional Fire Fighters Association of Vermont[17]
  • Mayors of Barre, St. Albans, Newport, Winooski, Burlington, Montpelier and Rutland.[18]

Randy Brock

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External links

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  1. Vermont Secretary of State, "Elections & Campaign Finance Division: 2012 Become a candidate," accessed May 22, 2012
  2. Vermont Secretary of State, "Unofficial election results," August 28, 2012
  3. 3.0 3.1, "Winner of Progressive primary for Vt. governor quits," September 4, 2012
  4. Burlington Free, "Rutland publisher seeks GOP bid for governor," April 25, 2012
  5. VT Digger, "2012 candidate petition filing lot (not verified)," accessed June 15, 2012
  6. The Cook Political Report, “Governors: Race Ratings”
  7. Governing Politics, “Looking Ahead: The 2011-2012 Gubernatorial Landscape”, July 25, 2011
  8. Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball', “2011 Governor Ratings”
  9. Rothenberg Political Report, “Governor Ratings”
  10. Vermont Elections, "Elections: Campaign Finance," Statewide candidates, July 18, 2012
  11. Vermont Elections, "Elections: Campaign Finance Statewide candidates," September 17, 2012
  12. Vermont Elections, "Elections: Campaign Finance Statewide candidates," October 17, 2012
  13. Vermont Elections, "Elections: Campaign Finance," Statewide candidates, July 18, 2012
  14. Vermont Elections, "Elecions: Campaign Finance Statewide candidates," September 15, 2012
  15. Vermont Elections, "Elections: Campaign Finance Statewide candidates," accessed October 17, 2012
  16. VtDigger, "State's largest union gives nod to Shumlin, Scott, Illuzzi, and Condos earlier recommendation for Pearce in Treasurer's race rounds out Vermont NEAs election picks," September 11, 2012
  17. VT, "Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont endorse Peter Shumlin for governor," June 19, 2012
  18. The Republic, "Vermont mayors endorse Shumin's re-election," September 24, 2012
  19. Randy Brock Official Campaign Website, "Endorsements," accessed September 28, 2012