Transgender candidate makes history with Vermont primary win

Transgender candidate makes history with Vermont primary win

Transgender candidate makes history with Vermont primary win

Hallquist will face Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November.

Another notable candidate vying for the Democratic nomination in the gubernatorial race is Christine Hallquist, who would be the nation's first transgender governor if successful Tuesday, and in November. He is expected to decline the nomination though and run again as an independent.

Colyer accepted defeat Tuesday evening after a review of some provisional ballots from most Kansas counties failed to find enough votes for him to overcome a deficit of 110 votes at the time of poll closing in the August 7 primary, out of more than 311,000 votes initially counted. The anti-Trump organization "Woman's March" said that it was a victory for women as well.

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.

Following the AP projection, the Republican Governors Association (RGA) released a statement on Hallquist's victory: "Vermont Democrats have selected a candidate committed to increasing the tax burden on working families", RGA Spokesman John Burke said, referring to Hallquist's plan to increase some property taxes.

AP Analysis: On enthusiasm, Democrats have advantage
Election handicappers see Democrats as having a good chance of taking back the House in November's midterms. The 2016 loss was particularly troubling for House Democrats, and anti-Pelosi fervor within the party grew.

She enjoys name recognition as the former David Hallquist, the onetime chief executive of the Vermont Electric Cooperative who publicly transitioned to a female identity while leading the power utility in 2015.

Even with her nomination, though, Hallquist has made history.

Vukmir tells The Associated Press her win was a victory for the grass roots - which overwhelmingly backed her.

Hallquist faced three other Democratic candidates for governor, including a 14-year-old boy, taking 48 percent of the vote, with 80 percent of precincts reporting.

With general elections still to come, however, it remains to be seen whether Hallquist and other progressive women will sweep governor's seats nationwide with a "blue wave".

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