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Vermont gubernatorial election, 2008

Vermont gubernatorial election, 2008

November 4, 2008

Nominee Jim Douglas Anthony Pollina Gaye Symington
Party Republican Independent Democratic
Popular vote 170,492 69,791 69,534
Percentage 53.4% 21.8% 21.7%

County Results

Governor before election

Jim Douglas

Elected Governor

Jim Douglas

The 2008 Vermont gubernatorial election took place on November 4, 2008. Incumbent governor Jim Douglas won reelection. The gubernatorial primary took place on September 9, 2008.


  • Polling 1
  • Dates and deadlines 2
  • Election results 3
    • Governor 3.1
    • Lieutenant governor 3.2
  • References 4
  • External links 5


Source Date Jim Douglas (R) Anthony Pollina (I/P) Gaye Symington (D)
WCAX October 28, 2008 47% 23% 24%
Rasmussen October 10, 2008 45% 25% 20%

Dates and deadlines[1]

  • July 21, 2008—Filing (for major parties)
  • September 9, 2008—Primary election
  • September 12, 2008—Filing (for third parties)
  • October 29, 2008—Voter registration deadline for general election
  • November 4, 2008—General election

Election results


2008 Vermont Governor general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Jim Douglas 170,492 53.4 -3.0
Independent Anthony Pollina 69,791 21.8 n/a
Democratic Gaye Symington 69,534 21.7 -19.5
Independent Tony O'Connor 3,106 0.9 n/a
Independent Sam Young 2,490 0.7 n/a
Liberty Union Pete Diamondstone 1,710 0.5 +0.3
Independent Cris Ericson 1,704 0.5 -0.4
write-ins 258 0.0 n/a
Majority 100,701
Turnout 319,085
Republican hold Swing

Lieutenant governor

2008 Vermont Lieutenant Governor general election
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brian Dubie 171,744 55.0 +3.8
Democratic Thomas Costello 121,953 39.1 -6.4
VT Progressive Richard Kemp 14,249 4.5 +2.3
Liberty Union Ben Mitchell 3,639 1.1 -0.1
write-ins 207 0.0 n/a
Majority 49,791
Turnout 311,792
Republican hold Swing


  1. ^ 2008 Critical Election Dates Vermont Secretary of State

External links

  • Elections & Campaign Finance Division from the Vermont Secretary of State
  • Vermont Governor candidates at Project Vote Smart
  • Vermont Governor race from
  • Vermont Governor race from 2008 Race Tracker
  • Campaign contributions from Follow the Money
  • Official campaign websites
    • Jim Douglas, Republican incumbent candidate
    • Anthony Pollina, Independent candidate
    • Gaye Symington, Democratic candidate
    • Sam Young, Independent candidate
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