- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 25, 2010

VERMONT

Shumlin claims primary victory

MONTPELIER | A high-ranking Vermont state senator had a narrow, 190-vote edge in the five-way contest for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination with all the votes counted, but his two closest rivals had not yet conceded.

With all precincts reporting, Senate President Pro Tem Peter Shumlin led Sen. Doug Racine and said he believed he had won. Secretary of State Deborah L. Markowitz appeared to be headed to a close third-place finish, 684 votes behind Shumlin.

The Associated Press has not called the winner because the race is still too close with nearly all the votes counted.

Mr. Racine did not rule out seeking a recount, saying there was room for error in votes being tabulated.

All of the Democrats gathered in Burlington at midday Wednesday for a unity rally.

COLORADO

Poll: GOP split helps Democrats

Democrat John Hickenlooper has a substantial lead in the Colorado governor’s race thanks to a third-party candidate who is splitting the Republican vote, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released Wednesday.

But Democrats enjoy no such luck in Colorado’s Senate race, where incumbent Michael Bennet trails Republican challenger Ken Buck by 40 percent to 49 percent, the poll found.

The mixed results ahead of the November election reflect Colorado’s status as a hard-fought battleground where neither party holds a clear advantage.

Former Republican Tom Tancredo appears to be playing a spoiler’s role in the race for governor, as he is attracting voters who otherwise would support the Republican candidate, Dan Maes, the poll found.

Some 41 percent of likely Colorado voters said they would vote for Mr. Hickenlooper, the current mayor of Denver, the survey found. Some 33 percent said they would support Mr. Maes, and 16 percent said they planned to support Mr. Tancredo, who left the party to run as a candidate for the little-known American Constitution Party.

Without Mr. Tancredo in the race, Mr. Maes and Mr. Hickenlooper would be tied at 45 percent each, according to the poll of likely voters.

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