Milne Wins GOP Primary in Vt. Gov. Race

Gov. Peter Shumlin won his party's primary; a close race is shaping the Republican primary for Vermont's sole U.S. House seat

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The Associated Press has declared Gov. Peter Shumlin the winner of his party's primary, a result that was widely expected and clears the way for the Democrat to seek a third two-year term in November.

The AP also called the Republican primary for Scott Milne, determining that he had defeated two other candidates - Steve Berry and Emily Peyton, as well as Libertarian Dan Feliciano, who was looking for Republican write-in votes. And it has determined Bill Sorrell is the Democratic nominee for attorney general, beating H. Brook Paige.

As of Wednesday afternoon, however, there was still no clear result in the Republican primary seeking the nomination to run for the U.S. House seat now held by incumbent Democrat Peter Welch.

With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Mark Donka leads Don Russell by about 320 votes and the third candidate, Donald Nolte, is just over 500 votes behind. Nolte said Wednesday he's just waiting for the results to come in.

Welch, who has held Vermont's lone seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, faced no primary opposition.

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