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Hallquist Wins Vermont Primary in Bid to Become First Trans Governor

Christine Hallquist has won the Democratic primary in Vermont.

Christine Hallquist is one step closer in her bid to become the country’s first transgender governor after winning her Democratic primary race in Vermont.

Hallquist’s victory is already historic, as she is now the first trans candidate to be nominated for a governorship by a major party. She beat out three other Democrats vying to take on the Republican incumbent, Gov. Phil Scott.

Scott is not the typical Republican, having recently signed legislation both to strengthen gun control laws and require single occupancy bathrooms be gender neutral. Nearly half of Democrats approve of the job he’s doing as governor, according to The New York Times. Meanwhile, most voters are still unaware of Hallquist.

That is likely to change with this win, which is expected to bring national headlines and an increase in donations.

“Tonight, we made history,” Hallquist told her supporters Tuesday night. “I am so proud to be the face of the Democrats tonight.”

“Christine’s victory is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality and is especially remarkable given how few out trans elected officials there are at any level of government,” said Victory Fund President & CEO Annise Parker in a statement. “Yet Vermont voters chose Christine not because of her gender identity, but because she is an open and authentic candidate with a long history of service to the state, and who speaks to the issues most important to voters.”

Before running for public office, Hallquist served for 12 years as the chief executive of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, an in-state power utility she is credited with helping to save. She is running on a progressive platform that includes support for Medicare for All, raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, and increasing broadband internet access as a means of economic development in the rural parts of the state.

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