Campaign 2018

The general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. Until then, keep checking back here for VPR's latest Campaign 2018 coverage, including candidate interviews and debates.

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Looking for more information about Vermont elections? Head to the Vermont Secretary of State's website to register to vote, learn about early voting, find your polling place and more.

Secretary of State Jim Condos, left, and Tess Taylor, vice chair of the Vermont Democratic Party, certify election results at Condos' office Tuesday.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Fears of low turnout for Vermont’s midsummer primary proved to be unfounded, as the final vote counts certified by the Secretary of State’s office Tuesday show historically high participation in last week’s primary elections.

Democratic candidate for governor Christine Hallquist introduces herself to a prospective voter in Barre last month.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Many Vermonters say Christine Hallquist’s victory in the Democratic gubernatorial primary is already building visibility for the transgender community.

The primary races are decided, and we're on to the general election campaign in Vermont. Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination for governor, and incumbent Gov. Phil Scott won the Republican nomination.

Gov. Phil Scott speaking into a microphone in the VPR Talk Studio.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

Incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott turns to his re-election campaign for the general election, after securing his party’s nomination Tuesday night by warding off a challenge from Keith Stern.

Christine Hallquist embraces a supporter at her election night party in Burlington
Charles Krupa / Associated Press

For the first time in history, an openly transgender woman is a major party candidate for governor: Vermont voters chose former utility executive Christine Hallquist as the Democratic nominee for governor in the primary election.

A vote here sign for Districts 7-2 and 7-3 on Dorset Street in South Burlington.
Meg Malone / VPR

Vermonters headed to the polls to vote in the 2018 primary election: this is your place to get full results for statewide races, as well as Vermont House and Senate races, via The Associated Press.

The campaign of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist says getting the endorsement of the Progressive Party is a key part of their strategy to win the election
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR file

A midsummer primary in one of the smallest states in the country took on historic national significance Tuesday night when Christine Hallquist became the first openly transgender candidate in U.S. history to win a major party gubernatorial nomination.

Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a podium following The Associated Press calling him the winner of the Republican gubernatorial primary race.
Bob Kinzel / VPR

Gov. Phil Scott easily won the Republican gubernatorial nomination Tuesday against businessman Keith Stern. 

Rep. Peter Welch and H. Brooke Paige.
Anna Ste. Marie, Emily Alfin Johnson / VPR

Vermont Rep. Peter Welch won the Democratic nomination for a seventh term in the U.S. House and will face Republican candidate H. Brooke Paige in November's general election.  

Vermont's three major parties hold their primaries on August 14th.
Jane Lindholm / VPR

The results of Tuesday's primary are in - most of them, anyway. Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist will face incumbent Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November. Peter Welch and Bernie Sanders both won the Democratic nomination for the seats they already hold, though Sen. Sanders will turn down that nomination and run as an independent. 

A polling place with a Vote Here sign and voting stations in a gymnasium-like room.
Amy Kolb Noyes / VPR

Vermont's 2018 primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 14. Hey, that's today!

To stay up to date on the happenings of the day, VPR has a few ways to help you stay in the loop.

Secretary of State Jim Condos wants to make it easier for Vermonters to appeal a denial of a public records request
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR file

A cybersecurity firm hired earlier this year to try to hack into Vermont’s elections system uncovered a potential vulnerability, according to records requested by VPR. But Secretary of State Jim Condos says his office has since mitigated the risk.

At his campaign launch in Barre in May, Democrat James Ehlers touted his policy agenda as the most progressive of the candidates seeking the governor's seat in 2018.
Peter Hirschfeld / VPR

Not many statewide candidates turn to the Vermont Constitution as the foundation for their political philosophy but Democratic gubernatorial hopeful James Ehlers does.

Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for a third term in the U.S. senate. He'll be on the primary ballot seeking the Democratic nomination.
Steven Senne / AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders is running for a third term in the U.S. Senate. He'll be on the primary ballot on Tuesday, Aug. 14, seeking the Democratic nomination.

Keith Stern is challenging incumbent Gov. Phil Scott in the Republican primary. Stern says Scott has been a "huge disappointment."
Liam Elder-Connors / VPR

Beating an incumbent governor in a primary can be an uphill battle, but Keith Stern says his opponent in the Republican primary —Gov. Phil Scott — has been a “huge disappointment.”

So, Stern is challenging the governor and seeking to sway voters on the right who feel let down by Gov. Scott.

Voters filled booths in Norwich in 2016.
Angela Evancie / VPR file

Next Tuesday voters will select the major-party candidates for statewide, legislative and county offices. We're hosting a reporter roundtable looking at the candidates and issues of these races, including the gubernatorial primaries, as well as the primaries for Vermont’s U.S. House and Senate seat that are up for election this year.

Ethan Sonneborn, center, prepares for a gubernatorial debate against fellow candidates including John Rodgers, left, and James Ehlers, right. Sonneborn says he thinks his youth is an asset in the race for governor, not a liability.
Pete / VPR

The 14-year-old running for governor this year realizes his age makes him an unconventional candidate, but Ethan Sonneborn is convinced that once he has your curiosity, there’s a good chance he’ll be able to get your vote.

Rep. Peter Welch, left, and challenger Dan Freilich are vying to be the Democratic nominee for U.S. House after a third candidate dropped from the race Thursday.
Anna Ste. Marie / VPR

The field of Democratic nominees for Vermont’s seat in the U.S. House narrowed Thursday after one of the three candidates abruptly withdrew from the race. 

Dan Freilich is among three Democratic candidates seeking to be the party's nomination for Vermont's only seat in the U.S. House.
courtesy Freilich campaign

Dan Freilich is seeking the Democratic nomination for the U.S. House to be a "tireless advocate" for campaign finance reform. He calls the current election financing system corrupt, with a corrosive impact on almost every important issue facing Congress.

It's a campaign of big ideas that has its genesis, Freilich says, with his parents' lifetime of public service.

Stephanie Greene

In light of suspected tampering with 2016 election, it’s easy to be jittery around voting innovations involving the internet. But new machines for voters with disabilities, called The Accessible Voting System, enable the homebound to vote by touch screen, joystick, keypad, or breath controlled sensor.

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