February 9, 2023

“In this race, the race is in the primaries,” she told a crowd in Rutland, according to: VTDiger. “Whoever wins this primary will be the next congressman, and I hope it’s me.”

There were few policy differences between Ms. Balint and her rival, Ms. Gray, although Ms. Balint was seen as slightly more progressive.

Mrs. Gray, 38, is from Vermont and grew up on a farm in Newbury, and she has skied on the University of Vermont cross-country team. She was an assistant attorney general for the state and was elected lieutenant governor in 2020. Meanwhile, she worked as an intern for Mr. Leahy and a congressional officer for Mr. Welch.

Mr. Leahy revealed that he voted for Ms. Gray, although he repeatedly said he trusted Vermonters to make their own decisions.

Outside progressive groups money deposited to the state to help Ms. Balint, including the Congressional Progressive Caucus PAC and the LGBTQ Victory Fund. That support asked The Boston Globe to ask, “Is the next member of ‘the squad’ from Vermont?”

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