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August 29, 2012

T.J. Donovan Concedes Attorney General's Race to Sorrell

Update: Donovan addressed reporters in Battery Park at 11:30. He said he had "absolutely no regrets" about the campaign and "left nothing on the table." Donovan said he would not request a recount.

"There is no reason to prolong this. I don't think a recount is warranted. I don't want to do that to the party."

With his wife, mother and sisters at his side, Donovan conceded, "I lost, I accept the results and congratulate Bill Sorrell. This was a campaign that educated many Vermonters about how important this office is."

Asked about his future, Donovan said, "I'm not thinking about the future, I'm thinking about all the work I need to do at home." 


Paul Heintz is reporting on Twitter that T.J. Donovan has conceded the Democratic primary for attorney general to incumbent Bill Sorrell. Donovan scheduled a press conference to officially announce his withdrawal for 11:30 at Battery Park, before a 12 noon unity rally at Main Street Landing.




Earlier: Sorrell Clings to Thin Lead in Attorney General Primary; Race Too Close to Call ... Donovan Tells Mark Johnson He's Likely to Concede AG Race to Sorrell


Donovan Tells Mark Johnson He's Likely to Concede AG Race to Sorrell

Appearing briefly on WDEV's Mark Johnson Show Wednesday morning, Chittenden County State's Attorney T.J. Donovan said that in his bid to depose Attorney General Bill Sorrell, "It looks like we'll fall a little short."

"I think we owe it to the voters of Vermont to make sure we get it right, but it does look like we'll fall a a little short," Donovan said just after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

With 245 of 258 precincts reporting, Sorrell holds a slim, 619-vote lead, according to unofficial tallies by the Associated Press. Sorrell has collected 20,639 votes to Donovan's 20,020.

Donovan said he called the incumbent AG at 8 a.m. and plans to call again at 10, once he has a better idea of the results — but the challenger did not sound like he would call for a recount, as candidates within 2 percent of the vote are entitled to do.

"What I told Attorney Gen. Sorrell is, this will not be dragged out. We'll do the right thing," Donovan told Mark Johnson. "I don't think [a recount] serves any purpose."

With a Democratic "unity rally" scheduled for noon Wednesday, Donovan said he expects to endorse Sorrell before then, so long as the numbers stay the same.

"There are no hard feelings and I think both of us worked hard and both of us have nothing left to give," Donovan said.

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Sorrell Clings to Thin Lead in Attorney General Primary; Race Too Close to Call

TJ and wifeIn case you missed it last night — or more accurately, early this morning — the last political hurrah on the old blog was our wrap-up of primary night, including photos, videos and charts from the top races around the state. This story was reported by Paul Heintz, Tyler Machado and Andy Bromage.

For weeks, the Democratic contest for attorney general seemed too close — and too unusual — to predict. Tuesday night brought no swift resolution.

At the end of primary night — with 245 of 258 precincts reporting — Attorney General Bill Sorrell held a narrow 619-vote lead over challenger T.J. Donovan, according to the Associated Press. But with more than 40,000 voters casting ballots, neither campaign seemed fully prepared to declare victory — or defeat. 

“This has been a really long six months and I’ve said several times this is more a marathon than a sprint,” Sorrell told a crowd of supporters at Burlington’s Courtyard Marriott after emerging for the first time at 10:15 p.m. “We’ve got about a mile or so more to run, and I’m feeling great.”

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