MONTPELIER >> Lt. Gov. Phil Scott has won the Republican nomination for Vermont governor, according to the Associated Press.

He easily beating retired businessman and political newcomer Bruce Lisman. The Associated Press called the race at about 9:20 p.m.

With 54 percent of precincts reporting, Scott maintained a lead over Lisman of about 60 percent of the vote versus 40 percent for Lisman.

Democrat Sue Minter holds a smaller lead over Matt Dunne, with Peter Galbraith well behind. An AP tally had Minter receiving nearly 51 percent of the vote to 37 percent for Dunne.

Meanwhile, incumbent Democratic U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy has easily beat back a nomination challenge from Cris Ericson. The Associated Press called that race for shortly after polls closed for Leahy, who has served in the U.S. Senate since 1975.

In the race for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, state Sen. David Zuckerman held an early lead over House Speaker Shap Smith and state Rep. Kesha Ram.

Earlier on Tuesday, Vermont Secretary of State Jim Condos said he thought that when the ballots were counted, about 100,000 voters would have turned out to choose nominees for governor, lieutenant governor, treasurer and some legislative races.

Condos says that would be about 20 percent of eligible voters casting ballots in Tuesday's primary election.

He says he thinks contested races for both the Democratic and Republican party gubernatorial nominations are driving interest.