- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 10, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The latest on the Vermont primary and start of the fall campaign.

Noon:

Vermont Democrats are firing back at Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott by accusing him of being too close to the national party. The Republicans are calling Democratic nominee Sue Minter too close to outgoing Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Scott retweeted a message faulting Minter’s message on gun safety. She supports universal background checks for gun buyers.

The brickbats started flying even before the votes in Tuesday’s primary were fully counted. The Associated Press had 100 percent of precincts reporting shortly before noon on Wednesday.

The margins of victory were holding for Scott over Bruce Lisman in the Republican primary, Minter over Matt Dunne, Peter Galbraith and two others in the Democratic primary, and David Zuckerman over Shap Smith and Kesha Ram in the Democratic primary for lieutenant governor.

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1:05 a.m.

The primary votes weren’t fully counted before Republican gubernatorial nominee Phil Scott was trying out some of the brickbats he’s expected to throw at his opponent, Democrat Sue Minter, the fall campaign.

Shortly after unofficial tallies showed Minter winning the Democratic gubernatorial primary Tuesday, the Republican Governors Association issued a statement calling her a “Shumlin political insider,” referring to outgoing Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin.

Scott retweeted a message faulting Minter’s message on gun safety. She supports universal background checks for gun buyers.

Minter served as disaster recovery chief and transportation secretary under Shumlin. She says she’ll run on her own record in those jobs and as a member of the Vermont House.

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