The Country Just Got Much Closer to Having Its First Transgender Governor

Field of Dems looks to knock off Wisconsin's Mr. Invincible

She would become the nation's first transgender governor if elected.

Vermont Democratic Party gubernatorial primary candidate Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, poses on College Street in Burlington, Vermont, U.S., August 8, 2018.

Phil Scott is expected to win his primary race as well.

Describing her push for education reform, a living wage, and Medicare for All, Hallquist said, "this is called being a civil society".

Four Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates are vying for the Vermont governor seat.

While many transgender people eschew their name given at birth that they change upon transition, Hallquist has made David her middle name and comfortably speaks about her previous identity.

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She said turnout appeared slightly higher in the 5th Congressional District where there is a three-way Republican primary and a two-way Democratic primary. A former energy CEO, Hallquist already broke ground by publicly transitioning to living openly as a transgender woman while holding a prominent position in the business world.

Scott, first elected in 2016, was facing a rebellion from his base due to his support for a series of gun restrictions that, while mild by national standards, angered many members of Vermont's avid hunting community.

She defeated three other Democrats and will take on incumbent Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, in the November 6 general election, unofficial results showed.

Scott will seek re-election in November by continuing his pledge to make the state more affordable, not raise taxes or fees, foster a better environment for businesses and attract newcomers to the state.

Hallquist is being supported by The Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates across the country.

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