Brock Pierce, the cryptocurrency mogul and former child actor, won't be on the ballot this fall.
It is hard to quantify something like momentum. But even as other candidates plateaued, engagement with Becca Balint’s campaign only grew.
With a decisive victory over her chief rival, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, Balint is now poised to become the first woman — and openly LGBTQ+ person — the state sends to Washington. Liam Madden, a self-described independent, won the Republican nomination.
The congressional candidate has accused her chief rival of potentially illegal coordination with an outside group. Balint’s team has argued the lieutenant governor’s campaign is trying to make a commonplace campaign practice appear sinister.
Police reform and drug policy stand out as an area where Gray and Balint have greater differences of opinion. Gray, who appears to be courting the more moderate vote, has repeatedly drawn attention to the issues.
That’s according to the latest batch of fundraising reports filed Aug. 1 with the Secretary of State’s Office. The reports cover raising and spending for state candidates and political action committees for the month of July.
With primary day a week from Tuesday, Vermont’s top election officials said those who are voting early should drop their ballots off in person instead of sending them back through the mail.
The poll also suggests Republican Gov. Phil Scott is cruising to reelection. If the election were held today, 60% of respondents said they would back Scott, while 16% said they would vote for Democrat Brenda Siegel.
“This is one of the best bad forecasts that we’ve ever presented,” Tom Kavet, the Legislature’s economist, told the governor and top lawmakers on Thursday.
The survey, commissioned by WCAX, found that 63% of likely Democratic primary voters would vote for Balint, while 21% would vote for Gray.