2022 Vermont Primary Live Results
||August 9, 2022
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||Primary results for U.S. Senate, Governor, U.S. House, State Legislature
First elected in 1974, Democratic Sen. Pat Leahy is retiring after eight terms. Despite the deep blue lean of the state today, he is the only Democrat that Vermonters have ever elected to the Senate. That will almost certainly change in November. There are three Democrats looking to succeed Leahy, with Rep. Peter Welch the overwhelming favorite.
One of two states (New Hampshire is the other) where gubernatorial terms are two years in length. Republican Gov. Phil Scott faces nominal primary opposition and will be a heavy favorite in November. Nonprofit excecutive Brenda Siegel will be the Democratic nominee.
Eight-term Democratic Rep. Peter Welch is retiring to run for U.S. Senate. Vermont is one of six states with a single at-large district. It is also the only state that has never sent a woman to Congress. That will almost certainly change this year.
The leading Democratic candidates are State Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint and Lt. Gov. Molly Gray. Balint appears to be the frontrunner after consolidating progressive support behind her, including an endorsement last month from Sen. Bernie Sanders.
The winner will be an overwhelming favorite over whichever Republican emerges as the nominee.
Democrats have a supermajority in the Vermont State Senate. The party holds 21 seats, while Republicans hold seven and Vermont Progressives two. Members serve two-year terms.
Democrats hold a large 91-46 margin over Republicans in the Vermont House of Representatives. In addition, seven seats are held by the Progressive Party. There are five independents and one vacancy. Members serve two-year terms.