United States Senate election in Vermont, 2012

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United States Senate election in Vermont, 2012

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Turnout 63.47% (voting eligible)[1]
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Nominee Bernie Sanders John MacGovern
Party Independent Republican
Popular vote 207,848 72,898
Percentage 71.00% 24.90%

Vermont Senate Election Results by County, 2012.svg
County results. Sanders won every county.

Senator before election

Bernie Sanders
Independent

Elected Senator

Bernie Sanders
Independent

The 2012 United States Senate election in Vermont was held on November 6, 2012, alongside a presidential election, other elections to the United States Congress, as well as various state and local elections. Incumbent Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders won re-election to a second term in a landslide, capturing nearly three-quarters of the vote.

Background

Then-U.S. representative Bernie Sanders, an independent and self-described democratic socialist was elected with 65% of the vote in the 2006 U.S. senatorial election in Vermont.

Democratic primary

Candidates

  • Bernie Sanders, incumbent U.S. Senator[2]

Sanders has also received the nomination of the Vermont Progressive Party, but declined both the Democratic and Progressive nominations after the primary.[3]

Republican primary

Candidates

Declared

Declined

Results

Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John MacGovern 6,343 75.4
Republican Brooke Paige 2,073 24.6
Total votes 8,416 99.6

General election

Candidates

Polling

Results

United States Senate election in Vermont, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Independent(a) Bernie Sanders (inc.) 207,848 71.00% +5.59%
Republican John MacGovern 72,898 24.90% -7.46%
Marijuana Cris Ericson 5,924 2.02% +1.36%(b)
Liberty Union Pete Diamondstone 2,511 0.86% +0.55%
Peace and Prosperity Peter Moss 2,452 0.84% +0.26%
VoteKISS Laurel LaFramboise 877 0.30%
No party Write-ins 252 0.09%
Margin of victory 134,950 46.10% +13.06%
Turnout 292,762 63.47%(c) +2.95%
Independent hold Swing

Note: The ±% column reflects the change in total number of votes won by each party or independent candidate from the previous election.

(a) Sen. Sanders identifies as a democratic socialist and caucuses with Senate Democrats.

(b) Cris Ericson previously ran as an independent before joining the Marijuana Party.

(c) Turnout percentage is the portion of registered voters (461,237 as of 11/6/2012)[15] who cast a vote in this election.

See also

References

  1. Dr. Michael McDonald (February 9, 2013). "2012 General Election Turnout Rates". George Mason University. Retrieved April 6, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  3. "Progressives nominate Sanders, Hoffer, Condos and Stanak for statewide office". VTDigger.org. June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Gregg, John P. (March 10, 2012). "MacGovern Plans Run at U.S. Senate". Valley News. Retrieved June 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Gregg, John P. (March 15, 2012). "Republican in Waiting?". Valley News. Retrieved June 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Hirschfeld, Peter (March 19, 2012). "Kevin Dorn opts against run for office". Vermont Press Bureau. Retrieved March 29, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Nelson, Steven (August 17, 2011). "Former Vermont Gov. Douglas 'highly unlikely' to challenge Sen. Sanders". The Daily Caller. Retrieved June 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Lauzon wants 2 more years in Barre". Vermont Today. December 21, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. Remsen, Nancy (September 23, 2011). "Salmon says he wants to remain as Vermont Auditor". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved September 24, 2011.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Grasgreen, Allie (1964-01-23). "2016 Primary Election Results: President Live Map by State, Real-Time Voting Updates". Politico. Retrieved 2016-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. McCarty, Alicia (November 13, 2011). "A look ahead to the key races in the Northeast in 2012". USA Today. Retrieved February 15, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. 12.0 12.1 Dobbs, Taylor (June 14, 2012). "And they're off: Candidates file for races". VTDigger.org. Retrieved June 23, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. Hemingway, Sam (January 31, 2012). "Sanders has nearly $3 million for re-election bid". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved February 15, 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. William Senning. "Elections | Home | Vermont Secretary of State" (PDF). Vermont-elections.org. Retrieved 2016-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. William Senning. "Elections | Home | Vermont Secretary of State" (PDF). Vermont-elections.org. Retrieved 2016-01-23.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

External links

Official campaign websites