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Vermont Nominates Republicans For Senate, House Challenges With PM-Primaries Rdp

September 9, 1992

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) _ Republican James Douglas, Vermont’s secretary of state, won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate. He will try to defeat incumbent Democrat Patrick Leahy.

Douglas beat Rochester businessman John Gropper Tuesday in the GOP primary by a 4-1 margin. Leahy was unopposed in his primary.

Douglas has served 12 years as secretary of state. Gropper was making his debut in statewide politics.

Timothy Philbin, an insurance salesman who urged voters to reject all politicians, captured the GOP nomination to oppose Rep. Bernard Sanders in November. Sanders, a socialist, is the only independent member of the U.S. House.

″People want a clean sweep,″ Philbin said. ″They have the distinct impression that the politicians will play politics with their lives.″

Philbin defeated Jeffrey Wennberg, mayor of Rutland, Vermont’s second- largest city, by 51 percent to 41 percent.

Lewis Young, a cattle registry worker who has lost three previous elections, was unopposed for the Democratic nomination to Vermont’s sole House seat.

Gov. Howard Dean, a Democrat who assumed office last year upon the death of Republican Richard Snelling, faced no primary opposition. The Republican challenger, state Sen. John McClaughry, also was unopposed.

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