Phil Scott wins a 2nd term as Vermont governor

Published: Nov. 6, 2018 at 10:17 PM EST
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A second term for incumbent Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott. Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist called Governor Scott just after 10 p.m. Tuesday to concede the race. Neal Goswami looks at what's next.

"I told him I thought he was a respectable person and ran a good race. We sparred well and I enjoyed it," Hallquist said.

Hallquist says she's proud of how she and Scott conducted their campaign. It was a spirited, but respectful campaign. Scott focused on his message of making the state more affordable. Hallquist proposed bold new plans but likely left many Vermonters wondering how much they would cost.

"This campaign was truly a labor of love. It was a real demonstration of the love we all have for each other. And let's make sure we continue this," Hallquist said.

Hallquist says she doesn't know what's next for her but she's worried about the future of the country.

"I'm really worried about the future of America. If we don't change the House of Representatives tonight and we don't change the Senate, I think my community is in trouble," she said.

Scott, meanwhile, will prepare for his second term, this time with fewer Republicans in the House to help him. Democrats appear on the verge of claiming a veto-proof majority in both the House and Senate. But Scott says voters want consensus in Montpelier.

"In electing a governor of one party and a Legislature by another, the message Vermonters have sent to us tonight is clear-- work together," Scott said.

Scott appealed to new members of the Legislature to seek consensus over partisan positions.

"For those newly elected, like I was 18 years ago, you may still think everything is black or white, yes or no. But I would warn you, there's a lot of gray in between," the governor said.