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Shumlin with slim lead over challenger Milne

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BURLINGTON, Vt. - Incumbent Gov. Peter Shumlin had an early lead over his Republican challenger, Scott Milne, Tuesday night. But things kept getting tighter as the night went on. By 10 a.m. Wednesday, with 96.16 percent of the vote counted, Shumlin was holding a slim lead over Milne with 46.64 percent to 45.1 percent.

Late Tuesday night, Shumlin addressed his supporters, saying he knew it was going to be a close race.

"We're hearing a very clear message: that folks are frustrated. That they're hurting," Shumlin said. "So I feel very good about where we are right now. And we're gonna let the votes be counted, get some sleep, and come back tomorrow with all the votes in and continue to move forward."

Even though Shumlin did not claim victory Tuesday night, Milne admitted that as close as the race was, it looked like it was going Shumlin's way.

"I think the most disappointing what I heard Peter Shumlin say was our state's going in the right direction. If you've been in public service 30 years, and they're at 47 percent in your re-election for a third term as governor against somebody who has no political experience-- the state is not going in the right direction,” Milne said. “I hope that Peter Shumlin-- if he does end up on the top of this as the votes get counted overnight-- rethinks that.”

Under the Vermont Constitution, if neither candidate gets 50 percent of the vote plus one, the race is decided by the state Legislature.

Click here for the latest results in the race for Vermont governor.
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