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Vermont Legislature Might Have to Pick Governor

Neither candidate got threshold of 50%
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 5, 2014 12:32 PM CST
Vermont Legislature Might Have to Pick Governor
Vermont Republican gubernatorial candidate Scott Milne, left, and incumbent Democrat Gov. Peter Shumlin.   (AP Photo/Wilson Ring, File)

(Newser) – It's one of the stranger outcomes of election night: The race for Vermont governor is so close that the state legislature might have to decide the winner, reports AP. More precisely, the state constitution stipulates that if no candidate wins more than 50% of the vote, lawmakers must pick one. That applies here, with Democrat incumbent Peter Shumlin at 46.7% and Republican challenger Scott Milne at 45%, a difference of about 2,500 votes.

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NECN points that in in modern political history, the second-place finisher has generally conceded rather than send the vote to the Legislature, but Milne has shown no sign of doing so. Last time this happened? In 2010, when lawmakers picked Shumlin for his first term. (Read more Vermont stories.)

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