Pick gov candidate the right way
The framers of the Vermont constitution were keenly aware of this "spoiler" dynamic and expressly stated that if no candidate won a majority, there was no winner at all, and an alternate means had to be used to find the will of the voters. Since instant runoff voting (using ranked-choice ballots) had not yet been invented, the only solution that they could think of, that did not delay the selection by repeated voting, was to have the legislature stand in for the voters, and vote over and over until a majority winner emerged. In fact, for most of Vermont's history there was a majority requirement for the election of nearly all offices. It is only in recent times that Vermont law has allowed a candidate that most voters voted against to be declared the "winner" in order to avoid repeated elections.
Governor Douglas does not believe in majority rule (as revealed by his recent veto of the instant runoff voting bill), but I would hope the legislature would respect the voters enough to seek to determine which candidate was preferred by the majority of voters rather than by a mere minority.