- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont state senator facing a second sex crimes trial has lost his re-election bid to continue representing Franklin County.

In the Republican primary Tuesday, Sen. Norm McAllister came in a distant third behind incumbent Sen. Dustin Degree and state Rep. Carolyn Branagan in the two-member Senate district.

Unofficial results show that Degree won about 45 percent of the vote, Branagan, 42 percent and McAllister just under 13 percent.

McAllister was arrested outside the Statehouse last year and charged with sexual assault. He refused to resign, but he was suspended by the Senate last winter.

McAllister has maintained his innocence and two sex assault charges were dismissed in a June trial. He’s due to go on trial again later this year on three counts of prohibited acts.

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