Report: Donovan concedes primary to incumbent Vt. AG Sorrell

Jessica M. Karmasek Aug. 29, 2012, 11:50am


MONTPELIER, Vt. (Legal Newsline) - Democratic challenger T.J. Donovan has reportedly conceded the primary race for Vermont attorney general to incumbent William Sorrell.

The Associated Press reported shortly before noon Wednesday that Donovan, the Chittenden County state's attorney, was proud of the campaign he ran and would now work to get Sorrell reelected in November.

According to unofficial election results posted on the Secretary of State's website, Donovan had 17,123 of a total of 34,904 votes, or 49.06 percent. That was shortly after 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, with 205 of 275 precincts reporting.

Sorrell was leading with just more than 600 more votes -- 17,735, or 50.81 percent.

The longtime incumbent will now face Burlington businessman Jack McMullen, a Republican, in the Nov. 6 election.

Sorrell hasn't faced what some would consider a serious challenger since being appointed by former Gov. Howard Dean in 1997.

Since then, he has won re-election seven times -- in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

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