At the Bottom of the Ticket, Vt. Republicans Reel From Losses

11/07/12 5:48AM By Kirk Carapezza
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Vermont state Sen. Vincent Illuzzi, center, concedes the Vermont Auditor election while his wife, Eileen Illuzzi, right, stands by at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier on Tuesday.

Election night was a tough one for Republicans in Vermont - from the top of the ticket to the bottom. Voters chose to move forward with Democrats in all races but one.

Dejected and tired, Republican candidate for auditor Vince Illuzi Tuesday night blamed the top of the ticket for his loss.

"With President Obama, the governor, the U.S. Senate, the U.S. House, clearly those are all in the Democratic category," Illuzi explained. "And then folks have to start to discern."

In what many thought would be a close race, voters overwhelmingly discerned Democrat Doug Hoffer deserved the job.

Hoffer ran for the same office two years ago and lost to Republican Tom Salmon. But Salmon decided against seeking re-election and this year was a strong one for Democrats.

Attorney General Bill Sorrell benefited from his party's strength. He won another opportunity to be the state's chief law enforcement officer over Republican Jack McMullen and Progressive Ed Stanak.

Sorrell told supporters he'll repay those who stuck with him though a hard-fought primary - and the general election that followed.

"I'm gonna be the best Attorney General that I can be," Sorrell pledged.

Incumbent Lieutenant Governor Phil Scott is the only Republican to win a statewide office. He easily defeated political newcomer Cassandra Gekas, who ran with the backing of both the Democratic and Progressive parties.

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