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Vermont's Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch Cruises to Win

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    Vermont's Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch Cruises to Win
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    WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 27: U.S. Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) speaks during a news conference on Syria June 27, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The legislator held a news conference on S.1201 and H.R.2494, bills to "restrict funds related to escalating United States military involvement in Syria." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

    Democrat Peter Welch has easily won a fifth term as Vermont's lone representative in the U.S. House, turning aside the second challenge in as many elections from Republican Mark Donka.

    Welch, formerly the top Democrat in the state Senate, first won election to Congress in 2006 and now has coasted to re-election four times since then.

    In 2012, Welch beat Donka, a conservative Republican and Woodstock police officer, by more than three-to-one.

    Donka's positions and concerns - last week his Facebook page linked to an article about socialists in Congress - never caught on in deep-blue Vermont. 

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