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Vermont, U.S. Senate

Voters in Vermont elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 6, 2018.

The election filled the Class 1 Senate seat held by Bernie Sanders (I). He was first elected in 2006.

Campaign finance

The chart below contains data from financial reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission.

Name Party Receipts* Disbursements** Cash on hand Date
Bernie Sanders Independent $10,755,531 $5,454,020 $9,094,921 As of December 31, 2018
Brad Peacock Independent $0 $0 $0 Data not available
Bruce Busa Independent $0 $0 $0 Data not available
Edward Gilbert Jr. Independent $0 $0 $0 Data not available
Folasade Adeluola Independent $0 $0 $0 Data not available
Jon Svitavsky Independent $0 $0 $0 Data not available
Lawrence Zupan Republican Party $0 $0 $0 Data not available
Reid Kane Liberty Union Party $0 $0 $0 Data not available
Russell Beste Independent $0 $0 $0 Data not available

Source: Federal Elections Commission, "Campaign finance data," 2018.

* According to the FEC, "Receipts are anything of value (money, goods, services or property) received by a political committee."
** According to the FEC, a disbursement "is a purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit or gift of money or anything of value to influence a federal election," plus other kinds of payments not made to influence a federal election.

Election history


rated Vermont's U.S. Senate race as safely Democratic. Incumbent Patrick Leahy (D) defeated Scott Milne (R), Cris Ericson (United States Marijuana), Pete Diamondstone (Liberty Union), and Jerry Trudell (Independent) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Leahy defeated Cris Ericson in the Democratic primary on August 9, 2016.

U.S. Senate, Vermont General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Leahy Incumbent 61.3% 192,243
Republican Scott Milne 33% 103,637
United States Marijuana Cris Ericson 2.9% 9,156
Independent Jerry Trudel 1.7% 5,223
Liberty Union Pete Diamondstone 1% 3,241
N/A Write-in 0.1% 309
Total Votes 313,809
Source: Vermont Secretary of State

U.S. Senate, Vermont Democratic Primary, 2016

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPatrick Leahy Incumbent 89.1% 62,249
Cris Ericson 10.9% 7,596
Total Votes 69,845
Source: Vermont Secretary of State


Bernie Sanders won re-election to the United States Senate in 2012.

U.S. Senate, Vermont, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Independent Green check mark transparent.pngBernie Sanders Incumbent 71.1% 207,848
Republican John MacGovern 24.9% 72,898
Third Cris Ericson 2% 5,924
Third Laurel LaFramboise 0.3% 877
Third Peter Moss 0.8% 2,452
Third Pete Diamondstone 0.9% 2,511
Total Votes 292,510
Source: Vermont Board of Elections "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"


Demographic data for Vermont

Total population:626,088316,515,021
Land area (sq mi):9,2173,531,905
Race and ethnicity**
Black/African American:1.1%12.6%
Native American:0.3%0.8%
Pacific Islander:0%0.2%
Two or more:1.9%3%
High school graduation rate:91.8%86.7%
College graduation rate:36%29.8%
Median household income:$55,176$53,889
Persons below poverty level:13.2%11.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, "American Community Survey" (5-year estimates 2010-2015)
for more information on the 2020 census and here for more on its impact on the redistricting process in Vermont.

As of July 2016, Vermont's largest cities by population were Burlington (pop. est. 42,239), Essex (pop. est. 21,519), and South Burlington (pop. est. 19,141).