2000 Vermont gubernatorial election

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Nominee Howard Dean Ruth Dwyer Anthony Pollina
Party Democratic Republican Progressive
Popular vote 148,059 111,359 28,116
Percentage 50.5% 38.0% 9.6%

2000 Vermont gubernatorial election results map by county.svg
County results
Dean:      40–50%      50–60%
Dwyer:      40-50%      50-60%

Governor before election

Howard Dean
Democratic

Elected Governor

Howard Dean
Democratic

The 2000 Vermont gubernatorial election took place on November 7, 2000. Incumbent Democratic Governor Howard Dean won re-election. The campaign was dominated by the fallout from the passage of a civil union bill and the subsequent backlash encapsulated by the slogan Take Back Vermont. Ruth Dwyer, the Republican nominee in 1998, ran again in 2000 and was closely tied to the Take Back Vermont movement. Howard Dean, the Democratic governor, favored civil unions and was a primary target of Take Back Vermont.[1]

Democratic primary

Candidates

Results

Democratic Primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Howard Dean (inc.) 31,366 84.39
Democratic Brian Pearl 4,357 11.72
Democratic Write-ins 1,446 3.89
Total votes 37,169 100.00

Republican primary

Candidates

Results

Republican primary results[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ruth Dwyer 46,611 57.85
Republican William Meub 33,105 41.09
Republican Write-ins 855 1.06
Total votes 80,571 100.00

General election

Progressive Anthony Pollina's candidacy nearly succeeded in holding Dean to less that 50 percent, which would have required the Vermont General Assembly to choose a winner.[3] In such races, the joint meeting of the Vermont House and Senate almost always chooses the candidate who received the highest number of votes, but Republicans took control of the Vermont House in 2001, which might have resulted in a contested election.[4]

Debates

Results

2000 Vermont gubernatorial election[5]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Democratic Howard Dean (inc.) 148,059 50.45% -5.22%
Republican Ruth Dwyer 111,359 37.95% -3.19%
Progressive Anthony Pollina 28,116 9.58%
Independent Phil Stannard, Sr. 2,148 0.73%
Grassroots Joel W. Williams 1,359 0.46% -1.05%
Independent Marilyn Verna Christian 1,054 0.36%
Libertarian Hardy Macia 785 0.27% -0.71%
Liberty Union Richard F. Gottlieb 337 0.11% -0.42%
Write-ins 256 0.09%
Majority 36,700 12.51% -2.03%
Turnout 293,473
Democratic hold Swing

See also

References

  1. ^ Ellen Goodman (November 5, 2000). "'Take Back Vermont,' the signs say, but take it back to what?". The Boston Globe.
  2. ^ a b "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-12-27. Retrieved 2011-06-03.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ Power, Marjorie (March 17, 2002). "Commentary: Time has come for IRV reform". Burlington Free Press. Burlington, VT – via FairVote.org.
  4. ^ Schmaler, Tracy (September 19, 2002). "Lawmakers likely to decide races". Rutland Herald. Rutland, VT.
  5. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-07-27. Retrieved 2011-06-03.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)