Starr, Ingalls grab 42 percent of vote in two-seat Essex-Orleans Senate District race

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NEWPORT — Russ In­galls of New­port will join Robert Starr of North Troy in Montpelier this January after both picked up over 20 percent of the vote in the two-seat Essex-Orleans Senate District race.

Starr, a Democrat, received 8,668 votes, and Ingalls, a Republican, picked up 7,739.

Other candidates in the five-person race all received about 13 percent of the vote, with John Rodgers, running this time around as an Independent, finishing fifth with just 5,032 votes.

Jonathan Morin, a Republican, received 5,354 votes, and Democrat Ron Horton got 5,100.

Starr, a longtime legislator was expected to keep his seat, and Ingalls, although a political newcomer, was favored to pick up the second seat after a strong showing during the August primaries.

In August, Ingalls received the most votes of any of the candidates at 3,318.

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