Republican Phil Scott will be Vermont's next governor. Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman won the race for lieutenant governor, and T.J. Donovan will be Vermont's first new attorney general since 1997.
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Results from the Associated Press are unofficial pending certification.
Final update 12:25 a.m. Republican Randy Brock has conceded to Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman in the race for lieutenant governor. Full story here.
Update 11:58 p.m. Voters in Burlington passed all ballot questions on the local ballot. The ballot measures included new zoning provisions to allow buildings up to 160 feet — which would enable the planned redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center mall — and the creation of a Tax Increment Financing district to fund infrastructure improvements near the mall.
Other ballot items in the city included an $8.3 million bond to improve the city’s water infrastructure, and a vote to authorize the city to relocate the Burlington bike path.
Elsewhere Westford voted to purchase 130 acres of the former Jackson farm for a town forest and conserve another 42 acres as a working farm. In Newfane, voters rejected a bond proposal for a new municipal office building.
Update 11:51 p.m. Races that remain to be called or have yet to see an opponent concede are for lieutenant governor and auditor. According to AP, with 90 percent of precincts reporting, Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman leads Republican Randy Brock 52 percent to 46 percent in the race for lieutenant governor. Meanwhile, in the race for auditor, incumbent Progressive-Democrat Doug Hoffer leads Republican Dan Feliciano, 56 percent to 39 percent.
Update 11:40 p.m. Introduced by his daughters, Governor-elect Phil Scott spoke to a cheering Republican crowd at the Sheraton Burlington Hotel. Scott referred to himself as a "blue-collar kid from Barre" who, 20 years ago, didn’t have a “political bone in my body.” Scott touched on the economic and affordability issues he emphasized during his campaign. “My administration will treat everyone with dignity [and] respect all points of view,” he said. “I welcome all.”
Scott made no reference to the presidential race, which currently hangs in the balance, with Donald Trump's path to victory open and Hillary Clinton's narrowing.
Update 11:21 p.m. Sue Minter has conceded to Phil Scott. Minter told the Democratic crowd at the Hilton in Burlington that she had just finished speaking with Republican opponent Phil Scott. “I know he will do his best to serve as our governor and lead our state,” she said. Speaking of her campaign, Minter said, “We have left it all on the field and there are no regrets.”
Minter enumerated the themes she has sounded throughout her campaign. “Nothing ends with tonight,” she said as her family gathered around her.
Update 11:10 p.m. Sue Minter hasn’t been circulating at the Democratic election event, but she’s about to speak. Much anticipation about what she’ll say; listen live on our site player (above).
Update 10:45 p.m. Results from the fourth of the five mirror towns are in, and if these towns are voting as they have historically — in a way that reflects the statewide results — it doesn’t bode well for Sue Minter’s prospects. In Randolph, Phil Scott garnered 59 percent of the vote to Minter’s 38 percent. Bill Lee received 3 percent.
Update 10:28 p.m. Voters have rejected the state’s largest wind project, proposed for Grafton and Windham. In Windham there were 181 "no" votes and 101 "yes" votes. In Grafton, the vote was 235 against and 158 in favor. Turnout in both towns was more than 75 percent. The votes aren’t binding, but the Spanish company Iberdrola has said it would not build the project without local support.
Update 10:06 p.m. Bethel is the third "mirror town" to report, in addition to Cambridge and Jericho. In all three of these towns, which historically reflect the statewide results, Republican Phil Scott has out-polled Democrat Sue Minter. In Bethel Scott received 555 votes, Minter 423.
We’re seeing ticket splitting in Cambridge and Jericho. Voters are favoring the Republican candidate for governor and the Democratic candidate for president. In Cambridge, for example, Scott and Clinton received 1,552 and 2,035 votes respectively; Minter received 570 fewer votes than Clinton.
Update 9:17 p.m. Republican Deb Bucknam has conceded the race for attorney general, congratulating Democratic opponent T.J. Donovan. “During an election season filled with negativity tactics, it was refreshing that we both ran a civil and issues oriented campaign,” Bucknam said in a statement. Liberty Union candidate Rosemarie Jackowski is also running for attorney general.
Update 9:04 p.m. We’re awaiting the official tally from votes in Windham and Grafton on the controversial Iberdrola wind project. Unofficially, one of the opponents says the the Grafton vote was 235 no, 155 yes.
A second "mirror town," Jericho, has weighed in and Scott prevailed there as well, with 1,702 votes to Minter's 1,548 votes.
Update 8:58 p.m. Phil Scott arrives to cheers at the Republican election night event in Burlington. There are also cheers of “Go Trump" from supporters.
Update 8:52 p.m. Results from Cambridge are in, and Scott has out-polled Minter, 1068 to 808. Cambridge is the first one of the five “mirror towns” to report. In the past, these towns typically reflect the final statewide results.
Update 8:50 p.m. Sue Minter has lost her hometown of Waterbury to Phil Scott, 1465 votes to 1552 votes, respectively.
Update 8:37 p.m. Patrick Leahy is speaking to party faithful at the Democratic gathering this hour. He was introduced by his grandson and wife and spent time recapping his long Senate career, with an up-to-date reference to the vacant Supreme Court seat, cajoling Republicans to "do their job" and fill the vacancy.
Leahy was 34 when he was first elected in 1974. At the time, he was the youngest U.S. senator ever elected in Vermont. Now the fifth-longest serving person in U.S. Senate history, he’ll return to Washington for his eighth six-year term. Full story here.
Update 8:01 p.m. The AP has called the Vermont Congressional race for Peter Welch, who was both the Democratic and Republican candidate. His opponent was Liberty Union Candidate Erica Clawson. Welch will return for a sixth term in Congress.
In his speech to supporters at the Vermont Democrats’ election headquarters at the Hilton Hotel in Burlington, Welch thanked Sen. Bernie Sanders, and got big cheers when he mentioned Sue Minter, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee.
Update 7:38 p.m. We’re watching five “mirror towns” that have a history of picking winners in the governor’s race: Bethel, Bristol, Cambridge, Jericho and Randolph.
Update 7:25 p.m. AP called U.S. Senate and presidential races based on exit polls. First votes are just now being tallied by Secretary of State’s office.
Update 7:02 p.m. No big surprise: The Associated Press calls Vermont for Hillary Clinton. Final vote percentages will take a while to sort out — including how many write-ins for Sen. Bernie Sanders. An election day robocall effort, urging Vermont voters to do just that, was apparently spearheaded by a California man.
The AP has also called the Senate race for incumbent Sen. Patrick Leahy, who was facing a challenge from Republican Scott Milne.
Update 6:43 p.m. As the votes are counted, party faithful and many candidates are gathered in Burlington. The Queen City location is a departure for Republicans, who usually make their election night home in Montpelier. This time, they’re at the Sheraton Burlington. Democrats are at the Hilton Burlington and Progressives are gathered across the street at the Skinny Pancake.
Update 5:15 p.m. Secretary of State Jim Condos says turnout appears to be track to set a record. As reported earlier, voter registration has broken the previous record, but Condos says the number has continued to climb.
“As of 2:30 this afternoon we updated the numbers,” he says. “There are 470,799. That’s about 9,000 more than the previous record, which was 2012. “
Early voting is also approaching record levels. So far, 92,856 early voting ballots have been recorded, which is within 1,800 of the 2008 record. Condos says there are many that have been filed with clerks in recent days that have yet to be counted. (Correction 6:37 p.m.: This update originally said that early voting is at record levels. It is approaching record levels.)