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September 07, 2012

Mapping Out the Democratic Attorney General Primary Results

One of the storylines heading into last week's Democratic attorney general primary was that Chittenden County state's attorney T.J. Donovan might not have enough name recognition in Vermont's other 13 counties to unseat Bill Sorrell for the nomination. Of course we know now that Sorrell won the primary by a thread, but now that we have official results from the Secretary of State's office, we can see how the vote broke down geographically.

Was geography a factor? Maybe, but it's hard to discern a pattern. Donovan did well in Burlington and its surrounding areas, but Sorrell won some Chittenden County towns including Williston and Shelburne. Donovan generally performed well in Windsor and Rutland counties, but not well enough to match Sorrell's big wins in Brattleboro, Springfield and other parts of Windham County. (One exception: The vote was very close in Vernon, home of Vermont Yankee, where Donovan beat Sorrell by a single ballot.)

Below, take a look at the results map for yourself. Darker blues indicate a bigger Sorrell win, darker greens indicate a bigger Donovan win, and towns in grey saw remarkably close results. You can also click on each town to see its results by the numbers.

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