VERMONT
     Nov. 6, 2012 U.S. Senate

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+Bernie Sanders (I) i
207,848
70.86%
John MacGovern (R) 72,898
24.85%
Cris Ericson (USM) 5,924
2.02%
Pete Diamondstone (LU) 2,511 <1%
Peter Moss (PP)
2,452
<1%
Laurel LaFramboise (VoteKISS)
1,431
<1%
write ins
252
<1%

293,316

Registration: 461,237.   Total votes cast: 299,643.
Margin of victory: 134,950 votes (46.01 percentage points).
 VT Elections



Notes:
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I) won a second term by a wide margin, defeating former Massachusetts legislator John MacGovern (R) and four other candidates.

Sanders was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.  In the Aug. 28 Republican primary MacGovern defeated H. Brooke Paige by 6,358 votes (72.5%) to 2,084 (23.8%).  MacGovern served four terms in the Massachusetts House from 1983 to 1991; he moved to Vermont in the late 1990s and ran unsuccessfully for Vermont Senate in 2004 and 2006.

Sanders and MacGovern debated on Vermont Public Radio on Oct. 12 (>)
; and all five candidates debated on Vermont Public Television on Oct. 25 (>).

According to Open Secrets (>), the Sanders campaign spent $3.2 million and finished with cash on hand of $4.2 million while the MacGovern campaign spent $131,928.


Campaign Managers
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Bernie Sanders:  Phil Fiermonte

Worked for Sen. Sanders as outreach director from Jan. 2007 and for Rep. Sanders as district director from  May 2003-Jan. 2007.  Served on Burlington City Council, 2000-06.  Executive director of United Professions of Vermont/AFT, AFL-CIO, Dec. 1999-Aug. 2002.  Field operations on Sanders' 1990 and 1988 campaigns for Congress.  Ran neighborhood organizing programs for Mayor Sanders.  Community organizer.  B.S. in sociology from University of Vermont, 1978.  From Newport, VT.
See:
Paul Heintz.  "Bernt Out: Veteran Sanders Aide Calls It a Career."  Seven Days, Dec. 13, 2017.
Mike Dougherty.  "The Deeper Dig: When Bernie Sanders learned to lead."  VT Digger, Feb. 7, 2020.

 John MacGovern:








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