Becca Balint is on the cusp of making history.
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.
According to the group, which trains Democratic women to run for office, 48 alums were on the ballot this month and 44 of them won.
Madden has renounced the Republican Party. The Vermont Republican Party has returned the favor and renounced Madden as its candidate.
The unofficial top Republican vote-getter in last week’s primary, disavowed by Vermont GOP leaders for displaying fascist and alt-right symbols, will run as an independent.
It is hard to quantify something like momentum. But even as other candidates plateaued, engagement with Becca Balint’s campaign only grew.
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.
Police reform and drug policy stand out as an area where Gray and Balint have greater differences of opinion. Gray, who appears to be courting the more moderate vote, has repeatedly drawn attention to the issues.
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.
Nine days ahead of Vermont’s primary election, the U.S. senator and former presidential candidate stumped for the woman he hopes will join him in the state’s three-person congressional delegation.
Becca Balint and Molly Gray answered questions from the public on how they plan to provide more resources to Vermonters affected by substance use disorder.
By mid-July, both the state senator and lieutenant governor had crossed the $1 million fundraising milestone.
The survey, commissioned by WCAX, found that 63% of likely Democratic primary voters would vote for Balint, while 21% would vote for Gray.