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Election results to be certified Wednesday

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MONTPELIER, Vt. - Big issues remain and the Governor does not have time for a victory lap.

The numbers are compiled by the Secretary of State based on the unofficial submissions from town clerks around the state. The numbers in the race for governor are slightly different than those compiled separately by Channel 3 News and the Associated Press -- with Peter Shumlin holding a margin of 2,434 votes over Scott Milne. Wednesday morning, the Secretary of State's office will certify the tally from last Tuesday's election. 

"I wouldn't want to serve as Governor if I didn't get the most votes," said Shumlin.

Milne has until the end of business Wednesday to ask for a recount. Neither candidate will receive a majority, so lawmakers will be responsible for selecting a Governor in January.

The candidate with the most votes historically receives a unanimous rubber stamp, but Milne hinted he may ask the legislature to skirt tradition.

"If you believe in Democracy, you elect the person with the most votes," said Shumlin.

The election is over, but substantial issues persist. State revenues slipped in October. Lawmakers slashed $30 million out of the budget earlier this year and another cut may be necessary.

"I would be surprised if one isn't necessary, if revenues continue to perform like they have," said Shumlin.

Administrators pulled the plug on the online portion of Vermont's Health Exchange in September. It's due back online Saturday when open enrollment begins.

The Governor says security bugs and some functionality issues will be fixed and is cautiously optimistic the site may finally be on a path to health.

Senate and House Republicans are calling for a transition to the federal exchange, in light of continuing struggles, and the Governor's tight race at the polls.

The Governor says he's humbled and open to ideas, but says their pitch would cause more problems than it would solve.

"If you think you have a simple solution to health care, dig a little deeper, it's never really quite that simple," said Shumlin.

Later this week, Vermonters will also weigh in on whether the state should legalize recreational marijuana as part of a study on the subject.

The results are in from Oregon, Alaska, and Washington D.C. where voters chose to do so, while Vermont voters still are not sure who they elected to lead the state.

Scott Milne has not spoken on-camera since election night. He was in Maine Monday on business.


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