Editor's note: Bernie Sanders’ projected win in Hawaii gives the Vermont senator a sweep of Saturday’s Democratic caucuses, after earlier commanding wins in Alaska, where Sanders finished with 81.6%, and Washington, where the self-described Democratic socialist finished with 72.7%. - Jimmy
Editor's note: All Democratic Super Tuesday contests have now been called by multiple media outlets. Hillary Clinton is projected to take Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Bernie Sanders is projected to win Colorado, Minnesota, Oklahoma and Vermont. - Stephanie
Editor's note: Donald Trump is projected to win the GOP contests in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia. Republican Ted Cruz is projected to take Oklahoma and Texas. GOP winners in Minnesota and Vermont have not been determined. For the Democrats, Hillary Clinton is projected to win Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Bernie Sanders is projected to take Oklahoma and Vermont. The Democratic races in Colorado, Massachusetts and Minnesota have not been determined. - Stephanie
Vermont (/vərˈmɒntˌvɜːr-/) is a New England state in the northeastern region of the United States. It borders the other U.S. states of Massachusetts to the south, New Hampshire to the east, New York to the west, and the Canadian province of Quebec to the north. Lake Champlain forms half of Vermont's western border with the state of New York and the Green Mountains run north–south the length of the state.
Vermont is the second least populous of the US states, with roughly 40,000 more residents than Wyoming. The capital is Montpelier, the least populous state capital in the United States. The most populous municipality, Burlington, is the least populous city in the US to be the most populous within a state. As of 2015, Vermont continued to be the leading producer of maple syrup in the U.S. Vermont was also ranked the safest state in the country in January 2016.
Originally inhabited by two Native American tribes (the Algonquian-speaking Abenaki and the Iroquois), much of the territory that is now Vermont was claimed by the French colony of New France. France ceded the territory to Great Britain after being defeated in 1763 in the Seven Years' War. For many years, the nearby colonies, especially the provinces of New Hampshire and New York, disputed control of the area (then called the New Hampshire Grants). Settlers who held land titles granted by New York were opposed by the Green Mountain Boys militia, which supported the claims of the many settlers whose claims were based on grants from New Hampshire. Ultimately, those settlers prevailed in creating an independent state, the Vermont Republic. Founded in 1777 during the Revolutionary War, the republic lasted for fourteen years. Aside from the Thirteen Colonies, Vermont is one of only four US states that were previously sovereign states (along with California, Hawaii, and Texas). In 1791 Vermont joined the US as the 14th state—the first to be admitted to the union after the original 13 colonies. Vermont was the first state to partially abolish slavery while still independent and played an important geographic role in the Underground Railroad, which helped American slaves escape to Canada.