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Central to the campaign of Sen. Bernie Sanders was a critique of the role of money in politics, especially large donations from wealthy individuals to help candidates who support their policies or principles.

Clearly, millions of people agree with Sanders and supported him, yet more and more money – including "dark money" from undisclosed donors – is pouring into politics in the hope of influencing elections.

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Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders says despite resignations by a number of staff members of the newly-formed political organization Our Revolution, he’s confident the group will advance his agenda. 

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Libertarian presidential candidate and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson is newly in favor of mandatory vaccination, he says, after learning more about the science of immunization.

Meg Malone; Patti Daniels / VPR file

Democrat Sue Minter says she wants government to be a catalyst for economic growth. Republican Phil Scott says government needs to get out of the way. And those fiscal philosophies clashed this week in the first gubernatorial debate of the general election.

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Vermont Republicans think they’ve found the chink in Democrats’ political armor. And they’re trying to turn a proposed tax on carbon emissions into an electoral liability for Democrats in 2016.

Meg Malone; Patti Daniels / VPR file

The campaigns of Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott and Democratic candidate Sue Minter are now transitioning from their primary election strategy to their plan to win the November election.

Peter Hirschfeld, Bob Kinzel / VPR

The statewide races for the general election are now set, and there are open races for governor and lieutenant governor.  We're hosting  a reporter’s roundtable to look at the key factors that could influence these races. We’ll talk about the candidates and the issues in all the major contests this fall. 

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Many young people ran for Vermont Legislature in this year's primary contests. Several say they were inspired by Bernie Sanders' run for president.

Kathleen Masterson / VPR

Bob Sherman knows his way around Vermont politics better than most. And when the retired Montpelier lobbyist decided he wanted to give Sue Minter a lift in her bid for the Democratic nomination for governor, he decided start super PAC.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Republicans Phil Scott and Bruce Lisman are putting on a united front after their bruising gubernatorial primary. But the effects of Lisman’s sustained barrage against the new GOP nominee might linger on into the general election.

Taylor Dobbs / Vermont Public Radio

At the Democratic Party's unity rally Wednesday morning, the party prepared for its effort to put the first woman in the governor's office since Madeleine Kunin left it in 1991.

Tuesday's primary election saw a record-breaking high voter turnout. There were concerns that moving the primary date to the second Tuesday in August would suppress turnout but this didn't happen.

Ric Cengeri / VPR

This primary campaign always promised to be wild and wide open with the governor's and lieutenant governor's offices up from grabs. It drew three candidates in both of the Democrat's primaries for top seats and two in the Republican gubernatorial race.

Steve Zind / VPR

Chittenden County Senator David Zuckerman will face former state senator and state auditor Republican Randy Brock in the lieutenant governor’s race in November.  

Bob Kinzel / VPR File

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has won a decisive victory over businessman Bruce Lisman to win the Republican gubernatorial primary. Scott says his election shows that negative campaigning does not work in Vermont.

Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Voters in the Democratic primary delivered an electoral mandate on Tuesday. Now, Sue Minter will try to use it to become Vermont’s first female governor in 25 years.

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Secretary of State Jim Condos is expecting strong voter turnout for Tuesday's primary election. Condos says the use of early ballots has surged across the state because of a number of highly-competitive contests.

Vermont Primary 2016: Full Results

Aug 8, 2016
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Democrat Sue Minter and Republican Phil Scott won their parties' nominations for governor, according to the Associated Press.

Political candidates across the state are pounding pavement, making phone calls and saturating media channels today as they look to get out the vote in advance of Tuesday’s primary election.

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A new poll is showing Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is not popular with voters 30 years old or younger. And the leader of the Vermont Federation of College Republicans says the group may not endorse their party's candidate for president.