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Poll: VT Candidate Fashion — Who Wore It Best?

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We once again interrupt our really pretty serious campaign coverage to bring you this bit of election-year infotainment.

Every candidate running for office knows that how you look is almost as important as what you say. But politicians, as a rule, don't have huge fashion palettes to work with. For the fellas, there's the shirt and tie, with an optional blazer. For the ladies, it's a Hillary-style pantsuit or a Palinesque pencil skirt and blouse.

But in Vermont — a state known for its trendsetting fashion sensibilities — candidates are finding subtle ways to spice things up: a fleece vest here, a yellow rain slicker there. Hey, they don't call us the Milan of New England for nothing!

So here's a game for you politics/fashion junkies, using photos the candidates themselves posted on their Facebook pages. With apologies to US Weekly, we present "Vermont Candidate Fashion: Who Wore It Best?" Two candidates wearing the same attire — you decide who looks better. Check back for results.

THE FLEECE VEST

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, or Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell

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THE V-NECK SWEATER

Republican State Sen. Bill Doyle, or Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi

 

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BLUE SHIRT WITH YELLOW TIE

Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi, or Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin 

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THE YELLOW RAIN SLICKER

Republican gubernatorial candidate Randy Brock, or Republican state auditor candidate Vince Illuzzi

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vince_yellow_rain_slicker.jpg

 

 

THE TUX

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, or Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott

 

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phil_scott_black_tie.jpg

 

 

THE RED DRESS

Republican state treasurer candidate Wendy Wilton, or Independent gubernatorial candidate Emily Peyton

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emily_peyton_red_dress.jpg

 

 

WORKOUT ATTIRE

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, or Democratic Attorney General Bill Sorrell

phil_scott_workout.jpg
sorrell_workout.jpg

 

 

AVIATORS

Republican Attorney General Candidate Jack McMullen, or Vice President Joe Biden (OK, he's not a Vermont candidate, but he sure does look sharp!)

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THE HULA HOOP

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin, and First Lady Michelle Obama (OK, she's not even a candidate, but c'mon!) (Note: Shumlin's picture was the handiwork of a quick-thinking Stewart Ledbetter of WPTZ).

 

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THE FEDORA

Democratic/Progressive state auditor candidate Doug Hoffer, or super lobbyist Jack Abramoff (OK, not a candidate either, but we couldn't resist)

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THE SCARECROW COSTUME

Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott, or the actual Scarecrow 

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THE TURBAN

Progressive/Democratic lieutenant governor candidate Cass Gekas, or President Barack Obama 

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obama_in_a_turban.jpg

 

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