This article by Chris Mays originally appeared Nov. 6 in the Brattleboro Reformer.
Preliminary results showed a majority of voters, who were participating at high levels for a midterm election, wanted to keep the county’s two state senators in office.
Tyler Colford, who ran as a Republican against Windham County’s incumbent Democratic senators Jeanette White and Becca Balint, said he will run again in 2020.
“It’s definitely been a learning experience,” the Jacksonville resident and rapper said. “I didn’t really know what to expect when I was getting into this. I’ve just been taking notes. I have a couple organizations that are interested in me now.”
Colford said he had seen his campaign signs out in yards around the county.
“I know it doesn’t really indicate much but I’ve seen my signs out much more than other candidates,” he said.
Colford spent part of Election Day in his hometown, where he said he felt he had a lot of support. There, he ended up getting 239 votes to Balint’s 187 and White’s 189.
In Brattleboro, Colford had 684 votes to Balint’s 3,868 and White’s 3,293. In Rockingham, he had 402 votes to Balint’s 1005 and White’s 998. By 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, with 11 of 24 districts reporting, unofficial results showed Colford had 12.56 percent of the vote. Balint had 36.47 percent and White had 32.54 percent.
Colford had been planning to stay in his apartment and watch the results come in. He had to go to work as a machinist at GS Precision in the morning.
Sen. Becca Balint, D-Windham, was planning to watch the results at McNeill’s Brewery downtown, hopeful that Democrat Sara Coffey would take the House seat vacated by the Republican Mike Hebert. Balint was in Bellows Falls on Monday campaigning with Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist. Balint had been to Guilford and Vernon on Tuesday to support Coffey.
“What I’ve noticed being out today is the turnout seems really, really good, much higher than past years than I could recall,” Balint said. “Steady streams of people coming into the polls. People seem excited that there’s a big turnout in person today but also in early voting.”
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