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She will face incumbent Gov. Phil Scott in November, whose approval ratings with his GOP base have tumbled following recent efforts to tighten gun control in Vermont.

She said she plans to appeal to voters with a progressive message that includes a livable wage, Medicare for all, free public college education and high-speed broadband access even to those who live on remote back roads.

Vermont Democratic gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist, center, a transgender woman and former electric company executive, embraces supporters after claiming victory during her election night party in Burlington, Vt., Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018.

Vermont Democrats made Christine Hallquist the first openly transgender person to win a major party nomination for statewide office in US history as she clinched Tuesday's primary election for governor.

"November 8, 2016, I realized the world changed", she said.

Hallquist is the first openly transgender candidate to win a major party nomination for governor or a statewide office of any kind. The anti-Trump organization "Woman's March" said that it was a victory for women as well. He is expected to decline the nomination though and run again as an independent. The non-partisan Cook Political Report rates the seat as "safe Republican". A poll conducted in July had some good news for the governor: two thirds of Vermonters said they support the gun law, and almost half of Democrats had a positive opinion of Scott. The committed labeled her a "game changer". "In fact, I think after transitioning everything else looks pretty easy". In 1998, well before she transitioned from male to female, she went to work for the Vermont Electric Co-operative, becoming CEO in 2005. Only 18 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion of Hallquist, but 55 percent did not know who she was.



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