Former Vermont Education Department Secretary Rebecca Holcombe (D) announced yesterday that she will challenge Gov. Phil Scott (R) next year. She becomes the first significant Democratic candidate to come forward. It is presumed Gov. Scott will seek a third term.
Vermont, like neighboring New Hampshire, limits its Governors to two-year terms. Therefore, even though Gov. Scott will look to run for a third time, he will have only served four years once his current term ends.
Sen. Bernie Sanders, who has already announced that he will again seek the Democratic Party’s presidential nomination, also filed a new fundraising committee to seek re-election to the Senate in 2024. As he has always done except when running for President, Sen. Sanders filed as an Independent.
This is yet another indication that the Senator is unconcerned with a Democratic National Committee rule, adopted last year, that only allows Democratic Party members to win the presidential nomination. Mr. Sanders is the only candidate or potential candidate who is neither a registered Democrat nor has held office as a Democrat, which are the only two qualifiers for becoming the party nominee. Since the rule was passed, Sen. Sanders refused the Vermont Democratic Party’s offer of running on their 2018 ballot line and has now filed for re-election more than five years in the future as an Independent.
Delivering a blistering personal attack against President Trump while saying he wants to unite America, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-D/VT) officially announced his presidential campaign via You Tube and email yesterday.
The Sanders entry means that eleven Democrats have either formally announced their campaigns or have filed a national exploratory committee. Former Vice President Joe Biden remains the major outlier at this point. He promises an announcement of his political plans sometime in March, and his decision, regardless of whether he decides to run, will have a major effect upon the overall campaign.
The state of Vermont has an unusual election law in that it allows candidates to simultaneously run for more than one office. Republican Brooke Paige has taken the legal loophole to extremes, however. On Tuesday, Mr. Paige was nominated for the US Senate, the at-large US House seat, state Treasurer, Secretary of State, State Auditor, and Attorney General. Therefore, he will appear on the November ballot for all of these offices.
Though he was successful in winning six simultaneous nominations in the recent Republican primary, his luck will certainly run out for the general election. An 0 for 6 record appears to be on Mr. Paige’s political horizon, as it currently appears that he will lose every race.
Forty states have now chosen nominees as voters in Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin went to the polls yesterday. Competitive Governors races will occur in Connecticut (Democrat Ned Lamont vs. Republican Bob Stefanowski), Minnesota (Democrat Tim Walz vs. Republican Jeff Johnson), Vermont (Gov. Phil Scott (R) vs. Democrat Christine Hallquist), and Wisconsin (Gov. Scott Walker (R) vs. Democrat Tony Evers).
The key Senate contests coming from yesterday’s votes are in Minnesota (Sen. Tina Smith (D) vs. Republican Karin Housley) and Wisconsin (Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D) vs. Republican Leah Vukmir).
The major story came from Minnesota where former two-term Gov. Tim Pawlenty lost his comeback bid in a Republican primary loss to 2014 gubernatorial nominee Jeff Johnson.
Today, voters in another four states go to the polls: Connecticut, Minnesota, Vermont, and Wisconsin. We will provide coverage of the results tomorrow. The most interesting races are the Minnesota Governor’s campaign and several of the state’s congressional races. The Wisconsin Senator and Governor’s contest will also draw major attention.
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