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Vt. Gov. Peter Shumlin declares victory

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Gov. Peter Shumlin, D-Vermont, was one of the first Democrats to declare victory on election night.

Shumlin had a strong incumbency on his side. While Republican challenger Randy Brock requested extra debates and released new advertisements almost weekly, the governor says he stayed focused on doing the job he was elected to do.

"We have the team in place. We know what we've got to do. We have to keep making the tough decisions to ensure we're making Vermont a better place for jobs and income growth, that's what this is all about," Shumlin said.

"I have no regrets at all," Brock said. "This has been a wonderful experience as I said during my speech. I've met thousands of people and I've been exposed to places and people that I never would have had I not run, and it was tremendously rewarding."

The gubernatorial race was one of the first to be called. Shumlin held 57 percent of the vote when he declared victory at 10 p.m.

"I was very surprised," Shumlin said. "In my last election I had to wait two weeks for the primary results and 24 hours to be declared the winner last time."

Things wound down fairly quickly at the Democratic headquarters in Burlington. After a decisive victory for the Democrats, the governor ended his speech as he often does, saying "it's time to get back to work." We're anticipating an early morning press conference Wednesday.

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