Donovan concedes race to Sorrell

State's Attorney TJ Donovan, who is challenging Bill Sorrell to take over the Attorney General's office. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

State's Attorney TJ Donovan, who is challenging Bill Sorrell to take over the Attorney General's office. VTD Photo/Taylor Dobbs

In a speech to supporters. TJ Donovan says he sees no reason to “drag this out.” He called Vermont Attorney General Bill Sorrell an hour ago to congratulate him on his victory.

“I offered to work on his re-election campaign this November,” Donovan said. “This was a hard-fought campaign, and I’m proud of the fact we engaged thousands of Vermonters.”

Ryan Emerson, Donovan’s campaign manager, said they wanted to “respect the process,” and so they waited to hear the numbers this morning before making a decision. Once a few towns came in, they realized the rest of towns were small, and they wouldn’t be able to make up the 600 vote gap.

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Taylor Dobbs


    Integrity, honesty and an unbelievable amount of hard work on his part and the part of his supporters brought him within 600 votes of beating Mr. Sorrell.

    I have to admit, I’m not happy that Mr. Sorrell received 212 FREE TV ads, paid for by out of state undisclosed supporters. Without that support it is clear that TJ would have had a resounding win.

    I will support Bill Sorrell this time around.

    I will support T.J. Donovan next time.

  2. Julie Hansen :

    The Committee for Fairness and Justice is an arm of the Democratic Attorneys General Association. The contributors were listed in Vermont Digger or the Burlington Free Press. I can’t remember which one, but it was posted.



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