Christine Hallquist made history on Tuesday night when she won Vermont's Democratic gubernatorial primary, becoming the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major political party.
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.
"Working to ensure that Vermont remains the special, inclusive and progressive place that it has always been... is what motivates Christine to seek the honor and opportunity to serve the people of Vermont as its next governor", it says.
In Tuesday's Democratic balloting, Sanders defeated little-known candidate Folasade Adeluola, who said she believes Vermont needs a full-time senator. They have been reversed under Republican President Donald Trump's administration, a victory for religious conservatives who only recognize traditional gender roles.
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.
Hallquist said her campaign would focus on improving the state's economy, yet she acknowledged the symbolism of being an openly transgender candidate. He will face Christine Hallquist, who won the Democratic primary to run for the state's highest office in November, when she would become the nation's first transgender governor if elected.More news: NASA Parker Solar Probe delays mission to explore the sun
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'The whole world is looking at this as a historic moment for a transgender candidate, but that's not what Vermont looked at, ' Hallquist said.
Wisconsin uses an open primary system, meaning voters do not need to register with a political party to vote in that party's primary elections.
Vermont has a history of being first on gender-related issues. In Virginia, Danica Roem became the first out transgender person to be elected to the state legislature.