Vermont polls closed at 7 p.m. tonight, marking the end of voting in the Aug. 11 primary. Although many voters chose to utilize mail in ballots this year as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, polling locations were open from morning to evening. Here are the results of Vermont’s biggest primary races.
Governor’s race: Scott receives third Republican nomination, Democrats choose Zuckerman
Incumbent Phil Scott has secured the republican nomination in the Vermont primary, according to live results from the Associated Press. He is seeking his third term.
The race was called for Scott with 77 out of 275 precincts reporting, with Scott at 72% of the vote. He was followed by republican challenger, writer and farmer John Klar, who filed to run as an independent in the November general election in advance of the primary. Other candidates include Emily Peyton, Douglas Cavett and Bernard Peters.
In the democratic primary, David Zuckerman, the current lieutenant governor, has won the nomination, according to the AP, with 44% of the vote. He was followed by former Vermont Education Secretary Rebecca Holcombe, who won 34% of the vote, then by Bennington attorney Patrick Winburn and activist Ralph Corbo.
Lieutenant Governor: Democrat Gray, Republican Milne secure nominations
In an open race for lieutenant governor, state Assistant Attorney General Molly Gray secured the Democratic nomination, with 44% of the vote as over three-quarters of Vermont precincts reporting, according to live results from the Associated Press. Trailing behind Gray was Tim Ashe, president pro-tempore of Vermont Senate, with 32%, followed by Brenda Siegel and Debbie Ingram, with around nine percent of the vote, respectively.
In the Republican primary, businessman Scott Milne won the nomination with 46% of the vote, followed by Meg Hansen followed by with about 30%, according to the AP.
U.S. House: Welch wins with more than 90% of vote
Incumbent Peter Welch won the Democratic nomination for Vermont’s lone Congressional seat, according to live results from the Associated Press. With 88 out of 275 precincts reporting, Welch has nearly 94% of the vote, with challenger and Wallingford activist Ralph “Carajou” Corbo with 4%.
Welch, 73, has served in Congress since 2007.
In the republican primary, registered nurse Miriam Berry is projected to win with roughly a quarter of the vote, as 87% of precincts reporting their results as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night. Berry was followed by Justin Tuthill, with 19%, and Anya Tynio, with 16%.
Chittenden County State Senate: Kesha Ram leads, too close to call all seats
The Chittenden County Democratic state Senate race is still too close to call for all six seats, but with 23 of 29 precincts reporting at 11 p.m. Tuesday, former state Rep. Kesha Ram was in the lead, followed by incumbents Virginia ‘Ginny’ Lyons, Phil Baruth, Michael Sirotkin and South Burlington City Council member Thomas Chittenden.
Incumbent Christopher Pearson and former Richmond Selectboard member June Heston were within 0.1% of each other in the race for the final space in the Democratic primary.
The only two Republican candidates, Tom Chastenay and Ericka Redic, were the presumptive nominees for the six-seat district.