UPDATE 8:23 PM
With 11 percent of precincts currently reporting for the state of Vermont as of 8:05 p.m., Republican candidate Phil Scott is in the lead with 62.1 percent (18,369) of votes while Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist has garnered 33.5 percent (10,128), according to the Associated Press.
Independent candidate Trevor Barlow is in third with 1.4 percent (408) of the vote and independent Chris Ericson is in 4th with 1 percent (313) of the vote. Independents Charles Laramie and Stephen Marx are trailing behind in fifth and sixth, respectively, 0.7 percent (253) and 0.6 percent (226).
Scott and Hallquist, Vermont’s two leading gubernatorial candidates, have discussed a variety of issues during their campaign that concern Vermonters.
Hallquist tweeted just two hours ago, “This has been quite the journey. I have had the great privilege of meeting friends and supporters all across our great state of Vermont. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve as your next governor. I thank you for your support and I hope I have earned your vote.”
Scott, who currently serves as the governor of Vermont, has thus far been silent on social media.
UPDATE 8:54 PM
With 22 percent of precincts currently reporting for the state of Vermont as of 8:48 p.m., Republican candidate Bill Scott maintains the lead with 59.2 percent (37,362) of the vote, while Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist trails behind at 36.5 percent (23,046) of the vote, according to the Associated Press.
Independents Trevor Barlow and Chris Ericson remain in third and fourth with 1.4 (861) percent and 0.9 (593) of the vote, respectively.
Independents Stephen Marx and Charles Laramie remain in fifth and sixth with 0.7 (417) and 0.7 (414).
The polls for Vermont closed at 7 p.m. Votes are still being counted by the state’s reporting precincts. Information will continue to be provided as it becomes available.
To keep up with live election coverage, visit www.southernspotlight.net or www.apnews.com.
UPDATE 9:29 PM
With 36 percent of precincts reporting as of 9:17 p.m., Independent candidate Bernie Sanders is projected to win the Senate against Republican candidate Lawrence Zupan in the state of Vermont.
Sanders has garnered 65 percent (70,962 votes) of the vote while Zupan has garnered 29.4 percent (32,115 votes).
Independent candidates Brad Peacock, Edward Gilbert and Russell Beste have garnered 1.9, 1 and 0.9 percent of the vote, respectively.
For the governor’s race, with 37 percent of precincts reporting as of 9:22 p.m., Republican candidate Phil Scott remains in the lead with 57.6 percent of the vote and Democrat Christine Hallquist continues to trail behind at 37.9 percent.
Democratic candidate for the House of Representatives Peter Welch is expected to win with 66.8 percent of the vote, compared to Republican opponent Anya Tynio’s 28.1 percent.
UPDATE 9:52 PM
Although the polls in Vermont closed at 7 p.m. and candidates for the House and Senate have been called, votes continue to pour in with 50 percent of the state’s precincts reporting.
Republican gubernatorial candidate Phil Scott continues to lead the governor’s race with 57.4 percent of the vote.
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist continues to trail behind Scott with 38.2 percent of the vote.
Independent Bernie Sanders has maintained a strong lead for the Senate race and is projected to win with 65.3 percent of the vote against Republican opponent Lawrence Zupan, who has 29.3 percent of the vote.
Democrat Peter Welch has been called to win the state’s House race and now has almost 70 percent of the vote. Republican opponent Anya Tynio trails behind significantly at 27.6 percent.
UPDATE 11:24 PM
The gubernatorial race for Vermont has been called in favor of Republican candidate Phil Scott.
With 82 percent of precincts reporting, Scott has garnered 55.2 percent of the vote. His opponent, Democrat Christine Hallquist, has garnered 40.6 percent.
Although the race has been called for Scott, 19 percent of precincts still haven’t been reported. If Hallquist were to somehow win the race, she would be the first transgender governor in U.S. history.
Independent Bernie Sanders and Democrat Peter Welch are still in the lead for the Senate and House races, respectively.
Sanders’ opponent, Republican Lawrence Zupan, has 27 percent of the vote while Sanders has 67.8 percent. Welch’s opponent, Republican Anya Tynio, has 25.5 percent of the vote while Welch has garnered 69.7 percent.