Vermont Gears Up For Election Night

Polls close across Vermont at 7:00

Election Day polls close across Vermont at 7:00 p.m., following what many town clerks described as a very busy day at polling locations.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, a former presidential candidate, made his vote count at his polling place in Burlington.

"I just came back from a 12-state swing for Secretary Clinton, and I hope today we defeat Donald Trump and we defeat him badly," Sanders told reporters after voting.

Sanders also hoped to influence the tight race for Vermont governor in this election cycle.

Sanders threw his support behind Democrat Sue Minter, who spent Election Day meeting voters.

"I think it's going to be a very close election," Minter said Tuesday afternoon. "I feel optimistic. I certainly feel well supported. I feel a lot of momentum, but I do expect it to be close."

But Minter's opponent, Republican Phil Scott, is familiar to Vermonters from six years as lieutenant governor. He has found support through his economy-focused message.

"We've run a great race, I'm very proud of my team, and regardless of the outcome, I'm OK," Scott said after voting at his polling place in Berlin.

Several voters told necn they are just eager to move on.

"I'm looking forward to no commercials for politics tomorrow," said Peter Belleville, a Winooski voter. "It's been crazy."

Another high-profile race on the Vermont ballot is the race for U.S. Senate.

Popular incumbent Patrick Leahy, a Democrat, is looking to fend off a challenge from Republican businessman Scott Milne, who has made term limits a campaign issue.

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