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Vermont's closest gubernatorial contests

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

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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