Recent financial disclosures make clear that the lion’s share of the outside spending supporting state Sen. Becca Balint's run came from a single million-dollar donation.
Madden has renounced the Republican Party. The Vermont Republican Party has returned the favor and renounced Madden as its candidate.
It is hard to quantify something like momentum. But even as other candidates plateaued, engagement with Becca Balint’s campaign only grew.
Madden, a self-described independent, defeated conservatives Ericka Redic and Anya Tynio. Paige, a perennial candidate, intends to focus on his race for secretary of state.
With a decisive victory over her chief rival, Lt. Gov. Molly Gray, Balint is now poised to become the first woman — and openly LGBTQ+ person — the state sends to Washington. Liam Madden, a self-described independent, won the Republican nomination.
The congressional candidate has accused her chief rival of potentially illegal coordination with an outside group. Balint’s team has argued the lieutenant governor’s campaign is trying to make a commonplace campaign practice appear sinister.
Molly Gray, who has billed herself as a pragmatist, believes she can successfully advocate for climate legislation that will be palatable to a broad range of Washington politicians. Becca Balint, widely seen as the more progressive candidate, says we “can’t afford to nibble at the edges” of the issue.
By mid-July, both the state senator and lieutenant governor had crossed the $1 million fundraising milestone.
Vermont’s senior U.S. senator has said he trusts Vermonters to decide on their next member of Congress, but he has repeatedly signaled that Gray has his support. Leahy has now announced that he voted for Gray, and his leadership PAC has donated thousands to her campaign.
The survey, commissioned by WCAX, found that 63% of likely Democratic primary voters would vote for Balint, while 21% would vote for Gray.
The spending blitz has touched off a debate about who can claim moral high ground on money in politics when both campaigns have now raised just shy of $1 million.
A physician, Meyers said he prefers “honest, straightforward communication” to political slogans: “I think people need to hear some truths, and often those are a little bit more complicated.”
The young candidate and former congressional staffer promised progressive change to Vermont voters and had the backing of the state Progressive Party.
The lieutenant governor has made her experience a central part of her pitch to voters in this year’s Democratic congressional primary. Critics ask what she’s done for Vermont.