- Associated Press - Sunday, December 14, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - A national election reform group is already predicting that U.S. Rep. Peter Welch will win re-election to Vermont’s lone House seat in 2016.

FairVote, which has backed instant-runoff voting and other steps it says will open up the electoral process, says that for the vast majority of U.S. House seats, it’s easy to project which party’s candidate will win. The group says its projections for 2014 turned out to be 99.7 percent accurate.

FairVote says the political map heavily favors the Republicans maintaining control of the House after the 2016 elections, but that Vermont’s is one of a smaller number of districts that should be considered safe for Democrats even if Welch were to retire and leave it open.

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