Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman claims victory

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SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) Lt. Gov. David Zuckerman has officially won his second term in office in a race between two Vermont politicians with significant experience.

"While we watch negativity take over all across this country, we had races here in Vermont that were positive and respectful. And I thank my opponent for that," said Zuckerman, D/P-Vermont.

Now, re-elected Lt. Gov. Zuckerman is thanking his Republican challenger, Don Turner, and Vermonters for a respectful campaign.

"When Vermonters put up positive civility, it makes politicians stay positive, as well. And we don't reward negativity and I really appreciate Vermonters for that," Zuckerman said.

It's a sentiment that, even in defeat, Turner agreed with Tuesday night.

"While I know this isn't the outcome we wanted, I'm very proud that we were able to run a very civil, positive campaign that was free of the bitterness we see all too frequently in Washington," Turner told supporters. "I'm still a winner, I'm still a winner. My family is here. I knew when I entered this, it was going to be an uphill battle, beating an incumbent. Vermonters empowered me, my team empowered me and I think we did the best we could."

It was a race that put two seasoned politicians against each other. Zuckerman has been in Vermont politics since 1997; Turner joined the Vermont House in 2006.

Zuckerman says there is still much to be done.

"Election of me is symbolic. The Legislature's gotta do the work," he said.

The idea of civility seemed to be a theme throughout this election and it's something Vermont Democrats say they want to continue in the future.