Milne Won’t Seek Recount in Vermont Governor’s Race

Incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin won by more than 2,400 votes

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Republican Scott Milne says he won't ask for a recount of last week's gubernatorial election, but is leaving open the possibility of asking the Legislature to elect him in January.

The comments followed Wednesday's official release of results by the secretary of state's office that showed incumbent Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin winning by more than 2,400 votes, but that neither candidate won a majority.

Under the Vermont Constitution, the Legislature votes by secret ballot for governor, lieutenant governor or treasurer when no candidate gets an outright majority.

Some Republicans have suggested Milne ask lawmakers to vote in accordance with the wishes of their constituents, which could give him a chance to win.

Milne says he'll announce next week whether he'll ask for lawmakers' support in January.

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