County voters opt for Scott, Sanders, Welch and Hallquist

ADDISON COUNTY — Addison County residents largely voted along state lines in Tuesday’s primary elections, affirming their support for veteran federal incumbents — like Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and Democratic U.S. Rep. Peter Welch — while strongly backing Hyde Park Democrat Christine Hallquist in her bid to unseat current Republican Gov. Phil Scott.
Addison County Democrats supported Hallquist to the tune of 2,136 votes, more than twice the 957 tallies recorded by her nearest challenger, James Ehlers of Winooski. Hallquist, former CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, is seeking to become the first transgender governor in the nation’s history.
The Independent profiled Hallquist in its May 28 edition.
Bristol teen Ethan Sonneborn finished fourth (last) in statewide polling, but third in his home county, in Tuesday’s Democratic gubernatorial primary. Sonneborn, a Mount Abraham Union High School student, garnered 695 tallies, ahead of Newfane’s Brenda Siegel, who earned 618 votes in Addison County.
Sonneborn, who is 14, garnered 4,659 votes statewide, or approximately 6.9 percent of the total votes cast in the Democratic gubernatorial primary, according to information posted on the Vermont Secretary of State’s website on Wednesday morning.
Here’s a glimpse at how the county voted in other primary races on Tuesday:
•  Local Democrats picked Sanders over challenger Folasade Adeluola of Shelburne, by a 4,737 to 309 margin — or 93.8 percent. Statewide, Sanders garnered 91.5 percent of the vote.
•  Local Democrats cast 4,309 ballots for Welch (86.6 percent), compared to 500 for Dan Freilich of West Windsor and 169 for Benjamin Mitchell of Westminster. Statewide, Welch received just over 80 percent of the vote in his effort to win another two years as Vermont’s lone representative in the U.S. House.
•  County Republicans selected Lawrence Zupan of Manchester, with 503 tallies, as their preferred candidate to face Sanders in the race for U.S. Senate. That differed slightly from the statewide selection of H. Brooke Paige of Washington as the GOP nominee, with 9,782 tallies compared to 9,308 statewide for Zupan.
•  Local Republicans picked Paige over Anya Tynio, 803 to 436, as their preferred nominee for U.S. House representative. In the statewide GOP race, Paige topped Tynio 14,644 to 8,442.
•  In the GOP governor’s primary, area Republicans overwhelmingly selected Scott as their preferred nominee over Keith Stern of Springfield, by a 1,428 to 555 tally, or 72 percent. In the statewide primary, Republicans backed Scott to the tune of 24,013 to 11,601 over Stern, which represents 67.4 percent for Scott.
Reporter John Flowers is at [email protected].

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