Becca Balint is on the cusp of making history.
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.
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.
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.
The young candidate and former congressional staffer promised progressive change to Vermont voters and had the backing of the state Progressive Party.
With the Aug. 9 primary weeks away, the open race for lieutenant governor is crowded, particularly on the Democratic ticket. Four candidates are trying to convince voters that they have the experience to deserve the job.
Democratic Lt. Gov. Molly Gray saw a rush of campaign contributions upon launching her campaign for Vermont’s lone seat in the U.S. House in December, taking an early fundraising lead in the competitive primary. But state Senate President Pro Tempore Becca Balint is catching up.