1990 United States House of Representatives election in Vermont

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United States House of Representatives election in Vermont, At-large district, 1990

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  Bernie Sanders 104th Congress.jpg Peter Plympton Smith.jpg
Nominee Bernie Sanders Peter Plympton Smith
Party Independent Republican
Popular vote 117,522 82,938
Percentage 56.00% 39.52%

At-large before election

Peter Plympton Smith

Elected Representative

Bernie Sanders

The 1990 United States House of Representatives election in Vermont was held on Tuesday, November 6, 1990 to elect the U.S. Representative from the state's at-large congressional district. The election coincided with the elections of other federal and state offices.

Republican primary[edit]

Republican primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Peter Plympton Smith 27,339 60.31
Republican Timothy Philbin 17,444 38.48
Republican Write-ins 550 1.21
Total votes 45,333 100.00

Democratic primary[edit]

Democratic primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Dolores Sandoval 5,979 41.27
Democratic Peter Diamondstone 5,711 39.42
Democratic Bernie Sanders (Write-in) 2,005 13.84
Democratic Write-ins 791 5.46
Total votes 14,486 100.00

Libertarian primary[edit]

Libertarian primary results[1]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Write-ins 127 100.00
Total votes 127 100.00

General election[edit]

Vermont's At-large congressional district election, 1990[2]
Party Candidate Votes %
Independent Bernie Sanders[3] 117,522 56.00
Republican Peter Plympton Smith 82,938 39.52
Democratic Dolores Sandoval 6,315 3.01
Liberty Union Peter Diamondstone 1,965 0.94
Write-ins N/A 1,116 0.53
Total votes 209,856 100.00
Independent gain from Republican


  1. ^ a b c "1990 Primary Election Results" (PDF). Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved January 9, 2015.
  2. ^ "United States Representative (One District): 1932-2014" (PDF). Vermont Secretary of State. Retrieved January 5, 2015.
  3. ^ Tuesday, March 20, 1990, Bernard Sanders, 48, returns to the political battlefield as he tells a Montpelier news conference he will challenge U.S. Representative Peter Smith, Republican of Vermont, for the state's lone House seat. Sanders decides to eschew a possible run for governor following Governor Madeleine Kunin's decision to step down after three terms. "This campaign for Congress is about hope," he says. "It is saying to the people of Vermont, especially the working people, the elderly people, environmentalists, peace activists, people who year after year feel that they've been knocking their heads against Washington: 'Please don't give up.'" http://www.burlingtonfreepress.com/story/news/politics/2015/05/26/sanders-begin-political-revolution/27991467/