VERMONT 3 Electoral Votes
The outcome of the presidential race was a foregone conclusion in Vermont, but Democrats and Republicans did organize trips to neighboring New Hampshire, a battleground state.  The Kerry campaign had a coordinator on the ground and sent Elizabeth Edwards in to do a couple of events in October.
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Organization  details...
Vermont Republican Party
Chairman: Jim Barnett 
Exec. Director:
KE State Coordinator: Robyn Schmidek

Vermont Democratic Party
Chairman: Scudder Parker 
Exec. Director: Jon Copans 


October 12, 2004
-After doing a couple of events in NH, Elizabeth Edwards did a DNC fundraiser at a private home in Charlotte, VT, then spoke at a rally, following fmr Gov. Howard Dean and Sen. Pat Leahy, at Union Station in Burlington, VT.

Newspaper Endorsements
Burlington Free Press (Oct. 26)
Rutland Herald (Oct. 26)
Times Argus [Barre-Montpelier] (Oct. 30) >
Brattleboro Reformer (Oct. 30)
Bennington Banner (Oct. 30)


The Vermont Green Party was one of two state Green parties that broke with the Green Party of the United States and decided not to list David Cobb and Pat LaMarche on the ballot as its presidential and vice presidential candidates.  At a September 2004 meeting "after lengthy debate and through a democratic vote" members endorsed, but did not nominate Ralph Nader and Peter Camejo.

Nader pursued the independent route.  On Sept. 17, 2004 the Nader campaign reported it had turned in "1,278 verified signatures from more than 50 towns in Vermont," qualifying Nader for the ballot as an independent.  (To appear on the ballot as for president as an independent or under a party label not officially organized in Vermont, a candidate needed to file petitions with 1,000 signatures, verified by town clerks, in the office of the Secretary of State, between Sept. 3 and Sept. 17, 2004).
Vermont State Coordinator: Ashley A. Smith.

The 2004 Campaign on the Web--Vermont

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VT Green Party VT Libertarian Party Constitution Party of VT VT Progressive Party

Jim Douglas (R) inc. Peter Clavelle (D) Hardy Macia (L) Peter Diamondstone (LU)

Jack McMullen (R) Pat Leahy (D) inc. Ben Mitchell (LU)


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