2008 United States House of Representatives election in Vermont

The 2008 United States House of Representatives election in Vermont was held on November 4, 2008 and determined who represents the state of Vermont in the United States House of Representatives. Democratic Congressman Peter Welch decided to run for a second term in Congress, and, in an aberration for a freshman member of Congress, encountered no major-party opposition. Welch defeated a series of independent candidates with ease and represented Vermont in the 111th Congress.

United States House of Representatives election in Vermont, At-large district, 2008

November 4, 2008
  Peter Welch official 110th Congress photo
Nominee Peter Welch
Party Democratic
Popular vote 243,203
Percentage 83.25%

At-large before election

Peter Welch

Elected Representative

Peter Welch

Democratic Primary



Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Welch (inc.) 19,566 87.74
Democratic Craig Hill 2,635 11.82
Democratic Write-ins 98 0.44
Total votes 22,299 100.00

General election


Vermont's At-large congressional district election, 2008[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Peter Welch (inc.) 243,203 83.25
Independent Mike Bethel 14,349 4.81
Independent Jerry Trudell 10,818 3.63
Progressive Thomas James Hermann 9,081 3.05
Independent Cris Ericson 7,841 2.63
Liberty Union Jane Newton 5,307 1.78
Write-ins 2,552 0.86
Total votes 298,151 100.00
Democratic hold


  1. ^ http://vermont-elections.org/elections1/2008DemPriReptoCongress.pdf
  2. ^ http://clerk.house.gov/member_info/electionInfo/2008/2008Stat.htm#stateVT
Elections in Vermont

Elections in Vermont are authorized under Chapter II of the Vermont State Constitution, articles 43–49, which establishes elections for the state level officers, cabinet, and legislature. Articles 50–53 establish the election of county-level officers.

Elections are regulated under state statute, Title 17. The office of the Vermont Secretary of State has an Elections Division that oversees the execution of elections under state law.

List of elections in 2008

The following elections occurred in the year 2008.

Electoral calendar 2008

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