Sanders cruises to an easy win in Vermont

Sanders cruises to an easy win in Vermont
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Projections from AP and ABC called the race as polls closed, with less than 1 percent of precincts reporting. 
Sanders had a 40-point lead in pre-election polls in his bid for a third Senate term from Vermont, one of the most Democratic-leaning states in the nation. 
Sanders, who caucuses with Democrats, kept his status as a political independent despite running for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016. He ultimately lost to former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonPoll shows Biden, Warren tied with Trump in Arizona The Hill's Morning Report - Trump touts new immigration policy, backtracks on tax cuts Hickenlooper announces Senate bid MORE
Sanders, whose views represent the progressive flank of the party, is considered a likely contender for the 2020 Democratic nomination. His push on issues such as "Medicare for all" have shaped the debate within the Democratic establishment.
Zupan, who ran on an anti-regulation platform, had actually lost the GOP primary to H. Brooke Paige, but the GOP state committee put him on the ballot anyway after Paige withdrew his candidacy.