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Vermont GOP picks 5 nominees after candidate secures slots

August 30, 2018

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Republican Party has picked replacement candidates to run for five offices, including the U.S. House and U.S. Senate, two weeks after a perennial candidate secured the slots in the state’s primary election.

H. Brooke Paige said he ran in the primary to keep Democrats from getting the GOP nomination as write-in candidates. He was the sole GOP candidate in a number of races. He later withdrew from five races and plans to run for secretary of state.

The Republican Party State Committee on Wednesday nominated Anya Tynio to run against U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat, and Lawrence Zupan to run against Independent U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders. Both lost to Paige in the primary election. It also chose state Rep. Janssen Willhoit to run for attorney general; Rick Kenyon for state auditor and Rick Morton for treasurer.

The party’s inability to recruit solid candidates for statewide office is symptomatic of broader failings, Jack Moulton, executive director of the Vermont Republican Party, told Vermont Public Radio.

“There were faults that we all found and that we’ll reassess as we go into 2020,” he said.

Moulton said the party was satisfied with Wednesday’s selections.

“Right now I think we’re all happy with the outcome of what’s happened here,” he said. “They’re all fantastic candidates.”

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