Progressive Write-Ins To Be Tallied
The Vermont Secretary of State's office will certify the results of last week's primary elections on Tuesday.
Although the results of most races are a foregone conclusion, the outcome of the Progressive gubernatorial race is still in doubt.
Martha Abbot was running unopposed in that race. However supporters of Annette Smith promoted her as a write-in candidate.
A preliminary count of the race results gave Abbott 304 votes with 258 write-in votes. But that did not include votes from all precincts...and it doesn't say who the write-ins were for.
Smith's write-in candidacy was pushed by Progressive activists opposed to mountaintop wind power projects and other environmental policies backed by Govermor Peter Shumlin.
Smith is the head of the group Vermonters for a Clean Environment.
Abbot said, if she wins the election, she will withdraw from the race and support Governor Shumlin.