Mapping the electorate: Town by town snapshot of red and blue voting patterns

The state’s mapping gurus at Stone Environmental, a Montpelier-based GIS specialty company, has produced a set of town-by-town election results for each of the 2012 statewide races that is now available on the Vermont Secretary of State’s website.

The maps are a fascinating window on voters’ shifting political allegiances. Though certain races were all blue (Democratic) all the time, Vermonters still split the ticket.

In the presidential race, Vermont was the first state that was declared for President Barack Obama — only two towns voted for former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney. Still, percentage wise it was a lot closer — Obama had 66 percent of ballots cast, while Romney had 31 percent.

Meanwhile, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had a $7 million war chest, appears to have won every municipality in the state, although results are not yet in for Moretown from the Secretary of State’s office, according to David Healy of Stone Environmental. (Independents get a sunny yellow hue in this mapping exercise.) He beat his Republican challenger John MacGovern by 71 percentage points.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., also won handily, with only three red towns coming into view, and garnered 72 percent of the vote.

Voters in a number of towns that went blue for Obama and Welch and yellow for Sanders turned Republican red when it came to local elections and their choice for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, state auditor, state treasurer, and the Vermont Senate and the House of Representatives (where orange Progressive wins and more yellow Independents show up). The state’s conservative strongholds are where they’ve always been: Orange, Franklin and Rutland counties and the Northeast Kingdom.

The reddest map of them all? The lieutenant governor’s race. Phil Scott, a Republican from Washington County, only lost about 37 towns out of a total of roughly 250. Scott, it turns out, was the only statewide win for the GOP in an election year in which the Democrats swept the top races and the Legislature. In the House races, Dems extended their reach, while in the Senate, the Progressives gained one more seat.

All of the maps, created by Charlie Hofmann at Stone, can be found on the Secretary of State’s website.

Click here for tallies and percentage results.


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U.S. Senate

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U.S. Representative

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Peter Shumlin, the incumbent Democrat, won by 57.8 percent against Republican Randy Brock, who got 37.55 percent of ballots cast. Shumlin lost big in the sparsely populated Northeast Kingdom and held his own in the GOP zones of Rutland, Orange and Franklin counties.

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Lieutenant governor

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State treasurer

In the most contentious race of the election season, Democrat Beth Pearce won by a much wider than pundits expected with 52 percent of the vote. Her opponent, Republican Wendy Wilton came in with 40.72 percent. Wilton, however, had broad support in the Rutland County area that stretched into a section of Addison County.

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State auditor

Doug Hoffer, a Democrat/Progressive, won by 54 percent of the vote against Vince Illuzzi, a Republican senator from the Northeast Kingdom. Illuzzi dominated his home turf but was unable to translate his popularity there into votes in the Southern part of the state and Chittenden County, where Hoffer is well known from his previous race for the seat in 2010.

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The Vermont Senate

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The House of Representatives

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  • Doug Hoffer

    The article states that “Doug Hoffer…won by 54 percent of the vote against Vince Illuzzi.”

    According to the Sec. of State, the results of the race for State Auditor were

    51.3% Hoffer
    45.1% Illuzzi
    3.4% Levy

  • Christopher Kaufman Ilstrup

    I would question some of these maps – the one red town on the US Senate map is Moretown, in a pretty deep blue area, and the data shows Bernie with ZERO votes. I think they might not have all the kinks worked out yet.

    • Thanks, Christopher. David Healy, at Stone Environmental, says they don’t have final results for Moretown from the Secretary of State’s office. Therein lies the problem.

  • Dan Maxon

    Did Bernie really get zero votes on Moretown? Seems unlikely. I know a few folks from that town, and I can’t see them voting for MacGovern.

  • Colleen Thomas

    Well, I live in Moretown and I voted for Bernie, and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Methinks someone may have juxaposed MacGovern and Bernie’s vote counts!

    • David Healy of Stone Environmental says complete results from the Secretary of State’s office have not yet been reported for Moretown. We apologize for the confusion.

  • Gordon Miller

    Fourth paragraph in the article states:

    “Meanwhile, independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, who had a $7 million war chest, appears to have won every municipality in the state, although results are not yet in for Moretown from the Secretary of State’s office, according to David Healy of Stone Environmental.”

    As the dog would say: “Bark first, ask questions later.”