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Scott defeated a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern on Tuesday.

Hallquist has also said she 'would work toward universal primary care in Vermont and pursue a coalition of states to pursue a "Medicare for all" system'. On the Republican side, incumbent Gov. Phil Scott is looking to secure his party's nomination once again.

Christine Hallquist won a Democratic primary for governor in Vermont Tuesday, putting her one step closer to becoming the first transgender governor in American history.

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

"I am not apologetic for who I am", Hallquist said in an interview with Politico. The anti-Trump organization "Woman's March" said that it was a victory for women as well.

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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.

While Scott, a first-term governor, was popular during his first two years in office, his approval rating plummeted after he signed a bill tightening gun restrictions in April.

Hallquist is the first openly transgender candidate to win a major party nomination for governor or a statewide office of any kind.

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 fact, I think after transitioning everything else looks pretty easy".

Vukmir tells The Associated Press her win was a victory for the grass roots - which overwhelmingly backed her. Only 18 percent of Democrats had a favorable opinion of Hallquist, but 55 percent did not know who she was.


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