MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin has won a second term.
The Democrat easily defeated Republican state Sen. Randy Brock.
Shumlin oversaw Vermont’s recovery of flooding from Tropical Storm Irene, the worst natural disaster to hit the state in nearly 100 years.
Midway through his first term, Irene killed six people in Vermont and destroyed or damaged more than 500 miles of roads, 200 bridges and hundreds of homes. In the weeks that followed, Shumlin toured Vermont by National Guard helicopter and delivered hugs and words of encouragement to distressed residents.
During the campaign, Brock tried to make the case that Shumlin’s push to move Vermont as close as possible to a government-run, single-payer health care system would bring a giant tax increase. But Shumlin countered that any tax increase would be offset by eliminating premiums now paid by employers and workers.