Two Middlebury College political science professors say the results of the
2012 presidential campaign show that the election was largely determined by
voters’ views on the economy and not on the day-to-day events that received a
lot of attention from political pundits.
Many political observers felt
the GOP candidate for Auditor, state senator Vince Illuzzi, had a good chance of
winning his race. But in the end he lost to Democrat Doug Hoffer. Illuzzi said having an "R" next to his name
turned out to be a liability.
In his first post-election news conference, Governor Peter Shumlin said his victory –
and that of other Democrats in Vermont – shows that voters here are not swayed by political
action committees or expensive ad campaigns.
Treasurer Beth Pearce and her opponent Wendy Wilton, Auditor-elect Doug
Hoffer and Vince Illuzzi, House Speaker Shap Smith and Attorney General
Bill Sorrell reflect on their races and look at what’s ahead. And VPR’s
Ross Sneyd and Valley News Editor John Gregg provide analysis of the
Vermont and New Hampshire races.