Trans Candidate Wins Democratic Primary for Vermont Governor

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Vermont Votes for the First-ever Openly Transgender Nominee for Governor

Leah Vukmir. She is campaigning as a consistent conservative and highlighting Nicholson's history as a Democrat.

Hallquist faced off against four other Democratic candidates to secure the nomination.

Before she ran for governor, Hallquist spent 12 years as the chief executive of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, an in-state power utility she helped to bring back from near ruin.

Hallquist defeated a crowded field of Democratic contenders to capture the nomination. "I went to bed, and of course like any other trauma I was in political depression and I just didn't know what to do".

Outside Vermont, though, she said she's happy to carry the standard as the candidate who, if elected, would be the nation's first transgender governor.

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"Because she is open and authentic about the fact that she is transgender, that immediately takes away all the questions, all the whispers, and instead allows people to focus on her personality and what she wants to do", said Elliot Imse, communications director for the Victory Fund. "People are liking what they're hearing and that's what's really cool about Christine". His approval among Vermonters fell 18 points to 47 percent while his disapproval doubled to 42 percent.

Still a few months from election day political handicappers rate the governor's race as solid Republican - meaning Hallquist has an uphill climb to victory in November.

In Wisconsin and Minnesota - two states where Democrats hope to rebound after losing ground to President Donald Trump in the 2016 election - voters chose their nominees for governor, the Senate and several competitive House races. Like Hallquist, both are Democrats. "I think that my message and my platform transcend age".

Hallquist's path to victory may be hard, but the New York Times notes that with her campaign drawing national attention, she'll attract more fundraising dollars and other resources.

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