MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont’s independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders has cruised to re-election.
He easily defeated an underfunded Republican opponent who was largely ignored by the state and national GOP.
Windsor businessman John MacGovern had challenged Sanders, promising to help bring the country back from what he called the brink of fiscal disaster.
But he couldn’t overcome Sanders’ popularity with voters who have grown accustomed to his fierce rhetoric in defense of the poor, the elderly, the working class and veterans.
Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington in 1980. He was elected to the U.S. House in 1990.
In 2006, he moved to the Senate, succeeding Jim Jeffords, who retired.