Phil Scott

In this Sept. 26, 2019, file photo, Republican Gov. Phil Scott speaks at a news conference in Essex Junction, Vt. Scott announced Tuesday that he voted for Joe Biden for president. 

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Vermont’s Republican Governor, Phil Scott, voted for Democratic nominee Joe Biden for president on Tuesday, according to multiple media reports.

Voting in his home town of Berlin, Scott, who has been critical of fellow Republican President Donald Trump since Trump’s 2016 campaign for president, told reporters he “had to do some soul searching” before deciding on Biden. He said he’d never voted for a Democrat for president before.

“It wasn’t enough for me to not vote. I had to vote against,” Scott said. “I had to put country before party, which wasn’t an easy thing to do in some respects.”

Seven Days and VTDigger first reported that Scott had voted for Biden.

Scott didn’t vote for Trump in 2016, and endorsed former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld in the 2020 Vermont Republican primary.

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“President Trump has had four years to unite this country and has failed to do so,” Scott told reporters. “We need someone who can pull us together. Our country needs to heal, and I’m very concerned about what another four years will do to our country.”

While Scott disagrees with Biden on many issues, “I think he can heal this country,” Scott said. “I think he can bring us together.”

Scott had said last Friday at his administration’s COVID-19 briefing that he had made up his mind on his choice for president, but would not reveal it until after he voted.

Several weeks ago, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican who has clashed with Trump, announced he had voted for Ronald Reagan, who died in 2004.

Republican candidate for lieutenant governor Scott Milne said he was writing in fellow Vermont Republican and former Gov. Jim Douglas for president.

Greg Sukiennik covers Vermont government and politics for New England Newspapers. Reach him at gsukiennik@reformer.com.

Greg Sukiennik joined New England Newspapers as a reporter at The Berkshire Eagle in 1995. He worked for The AP in Boston, and at ESPN.com, before rejoining NENI in 2016. He was managing editor of all three NENI Vermont newspapers from 2017-19.