- Associated Press - Sunday, February 28, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Worried you haven’t learned enough about Vermont’s gubernatorial candidates in advance of this week’s primary? Don’t fret; you have plenty of time.

Tuesday’s primary vote is to pick your favorite among the Republican or Democratic presidential candidates. Primary voting for statewide offices, and for U.S. House and Senate, is set for August 9.

Gov. Peter Shumlin’s announcement last June that he wouldn’t seek a fourth two-year term in 2016 set off an unusually early start to this year’s gubernatorial campaign. There were five announced candidates by October, with one, House Speaker Shap Smith, withdrawing in November due to his wife’s illness.

As things stand now, the gubernatorial primary will feature Republicans Lt. Gov. Phil Scott and retired businessman Bruce Lisman, and two Democrats, former lawmakers Matt Dune and Sue Minter.

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