Democrats take lower-tier state offices

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(Host) Democrats may have had a bad night at the top of their ticket, but lower-tier candidates swept into office. Incumbent Attorney General William Sorrell coasted to re-election. Sorrell won about 57% of the vote, with 31% going to his closest opponent, Republican opponent Larry Drown.

Sorrell was one of the first of the Democratic candidates to declare victory Tuesday night:

(Sorrell) “It’s a great job. You get to work on some great issues with some superb lawyers and wonderful people. And it’s so much fun to go to work in the morning, and think about the fact that you’re going to stand up for those who need protection, stand up for the environment, stand up for consumers, stand up for public health.”

(Host) In other races, Secretary of State Deb Markowitz defeated her Republican challenger Mike Bertrand 54% to 42%.

Auditor of Accounts Elizabeth Ready won by a similar margin. She got 52% of the vote, compared to 42% for Republican Bruce Hyde.

Democrat Jeb Spaulding won the race for state treasurer. Spaulding easily beat Republican John LaBarge by about 58% to 36%.

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