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Super Tuesday elections statewide March 6

Tuesday, March 6, is Town Meeting Day in Vermont, when voters will elect local officials and vote on town and school budgets. Towns, opting for the Australian Ballot (or secret ballot,) often hold informational meetings on the Monday prior to help clarify questions voters may have about the articles on the Town Meeting Warning. By 7 p.m. Tuesday, polls across the state will close.

Tuesday, March 6 is also the day Vermonters get to vote on their candidate for the Presidential Primary. President Barack Obama is the only candidate running on the Democratic side. Mitt Romney, Ron Paul, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, Rick Perry and Jon Huntsman will all appear on the Republican ticket.

Romney is expected to win Vermont, but the margin of his victory is relevant. Under a new rule adopted by Vermont's Republican Party (and in effect for the first time this election cycle) a winner needs a majority of the votes cast or delegates will be awarded to candidates on a proportional basis.

Therefore, if the other Republican candidates together, hold Romney to less than 50 percent, it may slow his progress toward the eventual Republican nomination.

Polling results released Monday, February 27, by the Castleton Polling Institute at Castleton State College showed Romney may have trouble reaching that 50% threshold. According to those polls, Romney has support from 34 percent of likely Republican primary voters in Vermont; Santorum has 27 percent; Paul has 14 percent and Newt Gingrich has 10 percent.

Turnout for Vermont's primary is expected to be low as there has been very little campaigning effort in Vermont and none of the candidates has yet visited the state.

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