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+Phil Scott (R) i
202,147
70.98%
Brenda Siegel (D/P)
68,248
23.96%
Kevin Hoyt (I)
6,022
2.11%
Peter Duval (I)
4,723
1.66%
Bernard Peters (I)
2,315
0.81%
write-ins
1,346
0.47%

284,801

Registration (Oct. 2022): 503,129.  Total votes cast: 291,955.
Plurality: 133,899 votes (47.02 percentage points).
 VT Elections



Notes: Seeking a fourth term, Gov. Phil Scott (R) comfortably defeated activist and single mom Brenda Siegel (D) from Newfane as well as independents Kevin Hoyt of Bennington, Peter Duval of Underhill, and Bernard Peters of Irasburg.

According to Morning Consult surveys conducted in 2022, Scott was one of the nation's most popular governors—for July 1-Sept. 30, 73% of those surveyed approved of his job performance compared to just 17% who disapproved.  In the Aug. 9 Republican primary, Scott tallied 66% of the vote, defeating Stephen C. Bellows (18%) and Peter Duval (12%). 

Siegel had run for governor in 2018 and lieutenant governor in 2020, finishing third in the Democratic primaries both times.  She announced her candidacy on May 2, 2022, and was unopposed for the Democratic nomination.  In addition Siegel gained the nomination of the Progressive Party at their meeting on Aug. 13.
 
Scott and Siegel met for five debates:

Sept. 16 - on WDEV's "Vermont Viewpoint"
at Tunbridge World's Fair in Tunbridge (>);

Sept. 28 - hosted by VTDigger, at Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center in Burlington (>);

Oct. 6 - at WCAX studios in South Burlington (>);

Oct. 18 - Vermont Public at their studios in Winooski (>); and

Oct. 20 - at NBC5 studios in South Burlington (>).

Siegel advocated a progressive agenda that included addressing the housing crisis, fighting drug overdoses, action on climate, and building the economy from the bottom up (>).   She later pointed to her debate performances as one of the strong points of her campaign; she said  that beyond just putting forth proposals, she focused on answering the question, "How are you going to pay for it?"  However, national Democrats left her "to fight it on her own" as the race was seen as unwinnable.

Scott wrapped up his campaign with a 14-hour, 14-county tour, starting in Washington Co. and finishing in Rutland.

Although Scott won by the second widest margin in the 36 governors races this cycle, Democrats swept all other statewide offices.

This was a surprisingly inexpensive race.  In campaign finance reports filed with the Secretary of State, the Scott campaign reported expenditures of a bit less than $200,000 and the Siegel campaign a bit less than $150,000 (>).


Campaign Managers
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Phil Scott: 
Victoria Biondolillo
(July 2022)  Executive director of the State Workforce Development Board, Aug. 2021-July 2022.  Boards and Commissions Manager in the Office of Gov. Phil Scott, Aug. 2020-July 2022.  Event coordinator for Gov. Phil Scott, Jan.-Feb. 2019.  Office director in Berlin on Phil Scott for Governor, May-Nov. 2018.  Executive intern in the Office of Gov. Phil Scott, Jan.-Sept. 2017.  B.B.A. in political science and government from University of Vermont, 2020.

Brenda Siegel: 
Paige Diana Schoppmann
(Aug. 2022)  Supervisor at Gibson's Cafe in Concord, NH from Aug. 2021.  Campaign manager (contract) on Isaac for Vermont U.S. Senate campaign, June-Aug. 2022.  Regional organizing director in NH for NextGen America, Sept.-Nov. 2020.  Field organizer on Pete for America in Concord, NH from Sept. 2019.  Finance director of the NH State Senate Caucus, May-Sept. 2019.  Newman Civic Fellow for Campus Compact, Aug. 2017-May 2019.  Campus organizer for NH Democratic Coordinated Campaign in Plymouth, July-Dec. 2018.  Bachelor's degree in English language and literature, general from Plymouth State University, 2021.


See also:
Peter Hirschfeld.  "Phil Scott on his win in the race for governor."  Vermont Public, Nov. 9, 2022.

Calvin Cutler.  "Who's ahead in the money race? A look at where the Vt. candidates stand."  WCAX, Oct. 17, 2022.






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