The 2010 governor's race was one of the closest in Vermont history. Peter Shumlin prevailed over Republican Brian Dubie by just 4,331-votes, a margin of less than 2 percent. Only three other gubernatorial races had slimmer margins -- in 1813, 1814 and 1958.
But Randy Brock knows something about close races too. He was involved in the closest statewide race in Vermont history -- the 2006 auditor's race. Brock lost to challenger Tom Salmon after a recount. The margin was just 102 votes, or .04 percent.
Fifty percent plus one is the key figure for candidates. If no candidate for Governor or Lt. Governor gets a majority of the votes cast, the winner is decided by the legislature. That has happened in 23 gubernatorial races, most recently in 2010 when lawmakers upheld the popular vote and elected Peter Shumlin. Three times in history the legislature went against the popular vote.
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Vt. State Police say a small plane has crashed on Interstate 89 north in Highgate. A state airport official confirms that a single-engine aerobatic plane was in the vicinity of the Franklin County StateMore >>
The pilot of a small plane parachuted to safety before his aircraft crashed on Interstate 89 north in Highgate Friday afternoon. More >>
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A sugaring season was cut short in Swanton overnight after a shed caught fire. Fire officials tell us they got the call around 1:30 a.m. Friday for the sugarhouse fire on Woods Hill Road. They say theMore >>
Sugaring season was cut short in Swanton early Friday morning after a shed caught fire. More >>
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New York lawmakers are engaging the public in the fight against the rise of opiate addiction. The state Senate has created a task force to hear from law enforcement, health care, social service and educationMore >>
New York lawmakers are engaging the public in the fight against the rise of opiate addiction.More >>
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This week, the first line of emergency responders are being recognized for their work. National Telecommunicators Week ends Saturday. It's a national week honoring the men and women who work around-the-clockMore >>
This week, the first line of emergency responders are being recognized for their work.More >>