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Scott, Minter Tied in Castleton Poll

A Minter ad counters RGA attacks on gas taxes increase.

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Zach C. Cohen
Oct. 19, 2016, 10:37 a.m.

Lt. Gov. Phil Scott (R) spor­ted an stat­ist­ic­ally in­sig­ni­fic­ant lead against former state Trans­port­a­tion Sec­ret­ary Sue Minter (D), 39-38%, in a new Castleton Polling In­sti­tute sur­vey (Sept. 29-Oct. 14; 579 LVs; +/-3.9%). Former Red Sox pitch­er Bill Lee, for the Liberty Uni­on party, “got 2 per­cent. … 81 per­cent of Re­pub­lic­ans, and people who lean Re­pub­lic­an, say they’ll vote for Scott. Minter, mean­while, picks up 65 per­cent of Demo­crats, or voters who lean Demo­crat­ic. … The poll found that Minter is win­ning 4 per­cent of Re­pub­lic­ans’ votes; Scott is get­ting 14 per­cent of Demo­crats’.”

“While the poll shows Scott with an edge over Minter on is­sues re­lated to the eco­nomy, taxes, the budget and cost of liv­ing, voters say they trust Minter on edu­ca­tion and the en­vir­on­ment. ” (VPR)

ON DE­FENSE. Minter is run­ning a new TV ad coun­ter­ing RGA at­tack spots. A nar­rat­or in the ad says, “They’re paid for by a na­tion­al Re­pub­lic­an group whose biggest fun­der is the oil bil­lion­aire Koch broth­ers.” It then says, “Scott voted to raise the gas tax and sup­por­ted a tax on every mile you drive.” (Sev­en Days)

Minter also re­leased a new ad on Wed­nes­day prom­ising to “cre­ate new liv­able-wage jobs.” (re­lease)

FACE-TO-FACE. Scott and Minter “squared off in their fi­nal head-to-head de­bate” on Tues­day. “The pair found agree­ment on a few is­sues. … But they clashed over de­bates. … En­ergy policies, marijuana leg­al­iz­a­tion, and how to bal­ance a budget were also hot top­ics.” (WCAX)

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