- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 26, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Three Republicans are competing in the Vermont primary for a chance to challenge Democratic incumbent Peter Welch for Vermont’s lone U.S. House seat.

Mark Donka of Hartford, Donald Nolte of Derby and Donald Russell of Shelburne are running for the GOP nod.

In a debate on Burlington cable television station Channel 17 last week, all three said they would focus on cutting federal spending and expressed skepticism about any need to combat global climate change.

Whoever wins the primary is expected to face an uphill battle against Welch. Donka lost to him in the 2012 general election by a margin of more than 3-to-1.

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