Sanders & Welch Re-elected


BURLINGTON - Senator Bernie Sanders and Congressman Peter Welch were re-elected in landslide victories on Election Night.

Both candidates were at the Democratic results party to meet with supporters and fellow candidates.


 Crowds of Democrats packed into the Hilton Hotel in Burlington to support their candidates. Election Night was an extremely successful night for the Democrats as they swept nearly every position, aside from Lieutenant Governor.


A popular incumbent, Congressman Peter Welch said he works as the voice of the people of Vermont. Welch was re-elected to Congress taking over 71% of the vote, while his Republican opponent Mark Donka took just over 24% of the vote. 


Though Senator Bernie Sanders is an Indepedent, and not a Democrat, he celebrated his victory with his supporters and the Democratic candidates at the Hilton. Sanders took over 70% of the vote in his race for United States Senator. His closest opponent, Republican John MacGovern took just over 25% of the vote. Sanders' campaign banner hung on the wall next to those of the Democrats, and when he entered the room Sanders was greeted by the cheers of supporters with "Bernie" buttons and t-shirts.


"Let me thank, not only all of you, but the people of the state of Vermont for their overwhelming support tonight. Thank you," Sanders said.


Sanders took to the podium not only to thank supporters, but to speak on issues he believes are most important for Vermonters. The issues included wind and solar energy and job creation. He was particularly fired up about women's issues.


"Unlike our right wing friends, who think that it's appropriate to roll back the gains that women have made over the last 50 years, we say no way," Sanders said.


In an interview after he left the podium, Sanders said, "Women have struggled for decades for equality in this country, and I will do everything I can to protect those rights and not see them roll back."


Senator Sanders caught up with Congressman Welch at the results party. The two were greeting supporters, friends, and even having a laugh. When it came to the issues however, for Welch and Sanders it was no laughing matter. Both Welch and Sanders spoke about the importance of working together for the betterment of the nation.


"Will it strengthen the middle class? Will it create jobs? Will it make America stronger? If it does those things, Republicans, Democrats, and Independents can work together to make this the stronger confident country we know we are," Welch explained.


Aside from celebration, Sanders and the Democrats did come together to speak on an issue that was often discussed throughout the night. There were strong feelings against Citizens United throughout the room. 


Citizens United is an organization that was involved a legal battle against the Federal Election Commission in 2010, which went to the U.S. Supreme Court. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled that under the First Amendment corporations and unions have the same political speech rights as individuals.


"Unlike those who think that Citizens United makes sense, and that a corporation is a person, we know what democracy is about, and that ain't democracy," Sanders said.


The atmosphere of the Democratic results party was very enthusiastic, but the candidates in attendance were focused on more than just their night of celebration.


"Tomorrow we continue our efforts to make sure that this country becomes the nation that all of us know it can be," Sanders said.


Sanders and Welch are ready to return to office, and both are optimistic about Vermont's future.