Doug Hoffer is indeed our next Auditor. What a change from Tom Salmon!
On the statewide ticket, this puts a bow on a near-sweep for the Dems: Governor Shumlin, AG Bill Sorrell, Treasurer Beth Pearce, Auditor Doug Hoffer (!!!!!), and of course, Secretary of State Jim Condos.
Phil Scott is the only Republican to win statewide office.
A lot of stuff remains outstanding in the Legislature, but it appears certain that the Republicans will not gain much ground and may lose a bit.
Overall, a huge night for the Dems, and a really really bad night for the VTGOP and especially for Lenore Broughton, who spent somewhere close to a million bucks and got basically NOTHING to show for it.
Example: This isn’t entirely apples to apples, but Wendy Wilton is getting 40% of the vote with all those Broughton Bucks behind her. Randy Brock got 37%. So Broughton’s big investment, you could say, netted her 3% of the vote in the Treasurer’s race.