In 1856 Vermont voted for the first Republican presidential candidate, John C. Frémont. Frémont would lose the election, however, to Democrat James Buchanan. In 1860 Vermont would again vote Republican this time for Abraham Lincoln, this time the newly formed Republican Party would win, and Lincoln became President. Vermont would continue to vote for Republican Presidential candidates for 27 consecutive Presidential elections from the first Republican candidate in 1856, until the 1964 election when Lyndon B. Johnson won in a landslide victory. The fact that Vermont voted for the GOP in 27 straight Presidential elections is a record for any United States political party in one state. From 1968 until 1988 Vermont voted every election for the Republican candidate, giving Republicans candidates wins in 33 out of 34 elections in Vermont.
In more recent years however the Democrats have made a resurgence, from 1992 through 2020 the Democratic candidate has carried Vermont all eight times. Democrats currently control both chambers of the state legislature; as of January 2017, however, the state executive branch is led by Republican Governor Phil Scott. As of January 2017 there have been fifty-four Republican governors of Vermont, and six Democrats.
Current elected officials
The Vermont Republican Party controls one of the six statewide offices.
Members of Congress
- Vermont Senate
- Vermont House of Representatives
- David Allaire (Rutland Mayor)
- Flanders, Colin (February 26, 2020). "Vermont's GOP Closes Ranks Behind Pro-Trump Chair Deb Billado". Seven Days. Retrieved August 23, 2020.