Benning captures GOP nod for lt. governor

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Published: Aug. 10, 2022 at 8:45 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 10, 2022 at 10:00 AM EDT
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - State senator Joe Benning has won the GOP nomination for Vermont lieutenant governor.

Benning beat Gregory Thayer by a 10-point margin.

The longtime Caledonia County state senator and libertarian-leaning Republican stood in stark contrast to Thayer, a strong Trump supporter and constitutional conservative.

Benning has highlighted his experience, including 12 years serving at the Statehouse and as a Lyndon town moderator. The moderate Republican’s party perspective aligns closely with Gov. Phil Scott’s. And Benning said his track record of working with Scott will make the difference.

“I’ve not only worked with him and his team during the legislative session, but I’ve also campaigned with him during his various runs for office. And as Senate Minority Leader, I was meeting with his team on an almost daily basis to try to advance everything that he was pushing forward. That’s a complete difference than my presumed opponent here tonight. And I think it gives me a great advantage moving into November,” Benning said.

Benning will go on to face another Statehouse veteran, David Zuckerman, in the November election.

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