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Shumlin-Milne 2014 one of closest races in Vt. history

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

Governor Peter Shumlin appears to be the winner of the race for governor after unofficial results show that he received 2,088 more votes than Scott Milne. According to research we did at WCAX, it is one of the closest-ever races for Vermont governor.

The unofficial margin between Shumlin and Scott Milne was just 1.08 percent. That's the narrowest governor's race since the early 1800s-- and it eclipses Republican Robert Stafford's 1.16 percent margin of victory over Democrat Bernard Leddy in 1958.

Shumlin also had a close call in 2010, beating Brian Dubie in his first election by just 1.84 percent.

In the 2014 race between Shumlin and Milne, neither candidate came close to the 50 percent threshold needed to win the race outright. Under Vermont law, the race gets thrown to the Legislature to decide in January.

The race for governor has gone to the Legislature 23 times before and usually lawmakers simply pick the candidate who got the most votes.

The Legislature did go against the popular vote three times, but not since 1853. The last time the Legislature decided the outcome was in that 2010 race when Shumlin beat Dubie.

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