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United States Senate election in Vermont, 2012
← 2006 November 6, 2012 (2012-11-06) 2018 →
Turnout 63.47% (voting eligible)[1]
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Nominee Bernie Sanders John MacGovern
Party Independent Republican
Popular vote 207,848 72,898
Percentage 71.0% 24.9%

County results

U.S. Senator before election

Bernie Sanders

Elected U.S. Senator

Bernie Sanders

The 2012 United States Senate election in Vermont was held on November 6, 2012, alongside the presidential election, other elections to the United States Congress, as well as various state and local elections. Incumbent Independent U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders won re-election to a second term in a landslide, capturing nearly three-quarters of the vote.


Then-U.S. representative Bernie Sanders, an independent and self-described democratic socialist was elected with 65% of the vote in the 2006 U.S. senatorial election in Vermont.

Democratic primary[edit]


  • Bernie Sanders, incumbent U.S. Senator[2]

Sanders has also received the nomination of the Vermont Progressive Party, but declined both the Democratic and Progressive nominations after the primary.[3]

Republican primary[edit]





Republican primary results[10]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican John MacGovern 6,343 75.4
Republican Brooke Paige 2,073 24.6
Total votes 8,416 99.6

General election[edit]




United States Senate election in Vermont, 2012
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Independent Bernie Sanders (Incumbent)(a) 207,848 71.00% +5.59%
Republican John MacGovern 72,898 24.90% -7.46%
Marijuana Cris Ericson 5,924 2.02% +1.36%(b)
Liberty Union Pete Diamondstone 2,511 0.86% +0.55%
Peace and Prosperity Peter Moss 2,452 0.84% +0.26%
VoteKISS Laurel LaFramboise 877 0.30%
No party Write-ins 252 0.09%
Margin of victory 134,950 46.10% +13.06%
Turnout 292,762 63.47%(c) +2.95%
Independent hold Swing

Note: The ±% column reflects the change in total number of votes won by each party or independent candidate from the previous election.

(a) Sen. Sanders identifies as a democratic socialist and caucuses with Senate Democrats.

(b) Cris Ericson previously ran as an independent before joining the Marijuana Party.

(c) Turnout percentage is the portion of registered voters (461,237 as of June 11, 2012)[15] who cast a vote in this election.


  1. ^ Dr. Michael McDonald (February 9, 2013). "2012 General Election Turnout Rates". George Mason University. Retrieved April 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ Dobbs, Taylor (June 13, 2012). "Sanders' papers filed, Peyton running for governor". Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Progressives nominate Sanders, Hoffer, Condos and Stanak for statewide office". June 12, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  4. ^ Gregg, John P. (March 10, 2012). "MacGovern Plans Run at U.S. Senate". Valley News. Archived from the original on March 18, 2012. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  5. ^ Gregg, John P. (March 15, 2012). "Republican in Waiting?". Valley News. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  6. ^ Hirschfeld, Peter (March 19, 2012). "Kevin Dorn opts against run for office". Vermont Press Bureau. Retrieved March 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ Nelson, Steven (August 17, 2011). "Former Vermont Gov. Douglas 'highly unlikely' to challenge Sen. Sanders". The Daily Caller. Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Lauzon wants 2 more years in Barre". Vermont Today. December 21, 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  9. ^ Remsen, Nancy (September 23, 2011). "Salmon says he wants to remain as Vermont Auditor". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved September 24, 2011. 
  10. ^ Grasgreen, Allie (January 23, 1964). "2016 Primary Election Results: President Live Map by State, Real-Time Voting Updates". Politico. Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  11. ^ McCarty, Alicia (November 13, 2011). "A look ahead to the key races in the Northeast in 2012". USA Today. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  12. ^ a b Dobbs, Taylor (June 14, 2012). "And they're off: Candidates file for races". Retrieved June 23, 2012. 
  13. ^ Hemingway, Sam (January 31, 2012). "Sanders has nearly $3 million for re-election bid". The Burlington Free Press. Retrieved February 15, 2012. 
  14. ^ William Senning. "Elections | Home | Vermont Secretary of State" (PDF). Retrieved January 23, 2016. 
  15. ^ William Senning. "Elections | Home | Vermont Secretary of State" (PDF). Retrieved January 23, 2016. 

External links[edit]

Official campaign websites (Archived)


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