The Republican lieutenant governor landed the state’s top office, defeating Democrat Sue Minter by nearly nine percentage points, according to preliminary results. The 58-year-old Berlin construction executive — and amateur race car driver — has served as second-in-command for the past six years. Read more.
The state senator became the highest-ranking Progressive ever elected in Vermont. Running as a Progressive and Democrat in this election, Zuckerman took 50.3 percent of the vote, to Republican Randy Brock’s 43.9 percent. Read more.
Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) handily defeated Republican Scott Milne, 60 to 33 percent. Rep. Peter Welch (D-Vt.), running on both the Democratic and Republican tickets, picked up 84 percent of the vote, while Liberty Union candidate Erica Clawson took 9 percent. Read more.
The 42-year-old South Burlington resident won an easy victory Tuesday night. He’ll become Vermont’s first new attorney general in nearly two decades, taking over for retiring AG Bill Sorrell. Read more.
Bill Doyle, who’s represented Washington County in the Senate since 1969, fell to former Democratic representative and sergeant-at-arms Francis Brooks. Overall, preliminary results showed Democrats and Progressives picking up two seats in the Senate, giving them 23 of 30 spots in that chamber. Read more.
Voters approved two ballot questions that allow the proposed redevelopment of the Burlington Town Center mall to go forward. One of the questions establishes a zoning height change that would allow developers to build buildings up to 160 feet — about 14 stories. The other approves $21.8 million in tax increment financing for street improvements in the area of the Burlington Town Center. Read more.
Grafton and Windham soundly defeated a proposed wind project, while a school consolidation measure in the Champlain Islands partially passed. And four states — two in New England — legalized recreational marijuana. Read more.
Two state officials disagreed Tuesday over whether it will be up to the legislature to decide the lieutenant governor’s race in January. Progressive/Democrat David Zuckerman came out the clear vote leader on Election Day over Republican Randy Brock. Unofficial vote totals that day showed Zuckerman leading 50 to 44 percent.