BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) The Associated Press has declared Peter Welch the winner of his U.S. House race in Vermont.
The 71-year-old has been in Vermont politics for most of four decades -- first serving in the Vermont Senate before losing his first bid for Congress in 1988 and losing the governor's race in 1990. But Welch came back, returning to the state Senate in the early 2000s and then winning Vermont's lone congressional seat in 2006.
"If we get that mandate our promise to the American people, we will be there for you. We will act. And we will be judged by what we did and not what we say," Welch said.
Welch beat Republican candidate Anya Tynio along with two other candidates.
"This is the beginning of my political career, I'm not going to give up, win or lose," Tynio said. "I want to thank each and every one of you that have supported me. It has been an honor."
This will be Welch’s seventh term as a U.S. representative.