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Scott unlikely to run for governor

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

If Republicans hope to knock off Gov. Peter Shumlin in the next election, they'll have to look for someone besides Lt. Gov. Phil Scott.

Scott is the GOPs only statewide officeholder. He's in his second term in the part-time lt. governor's job after five terms in the state Senate. Some Republicans might see the popular Scott as the party's best chance of challenging Shumlin, a two-term incumbent. But Scott says it's not likely he'll run.

"I have been encouraged to run by many, many in Vermont as I traveled and I have the same response. I'm very happy doing what I'm doing. It's very difficult to run against an incumbent, especially an incumbent who has a pretty big war chest. So, at this point in time, unless something drastic happens, I fully intend to run for lieutenant governor next election," Scott said.

Scott says he thinks more people have encouraged him to run in the wake of Governor Shumlin's controversial land deal with Jerry Dodge, but he says a year is a long time in politics and a lot could be forgotten by next Election Day.

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