Hearing today on Progressive party recount

 MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) A Vermont judge has scheduled a status conference as part of the on-going recount in the Progressive Party gubernatorial primary.

Washington County Superior Court Judge Robert Bent scheduled a status conference in the recount for Monday afternoon and a final hearing for Tuesday morning.

 It took all of Thursday and half of Friday for county clerks to tabulate ballots of the fewer than 1,000 Vermonters who voted in the Progressive primary on Aug. 28.

Party Chairwoman Martha Abbott appeared to have won the election by one vote in early reporting of results. Abbott renounced the nomination and withdrew her candidacy in keeping with her party’s plan not to run a candidate for governor and focus instead on legislative races.

 But write-in candidate Annette Smith asked for the recount.

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