After her win in Vermont, Christine Hallquist could be first transgender governor

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Hallquist, the former CEO of Vermont Electric Co-op, had 10,393 as of 9:20, handily beating challengers Brenda Siegel, an arts administrator from Newfane who got 5,374 votes; James Ehlers, director of Lake Champlain International from Winooski, who had received 4,875 votes; and 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn of Bristol, who got 1,869 of the ballots cast.

She defeated three other Democrats and will take on incumbent Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, in the November 6 general election, unofficial results showed. The anti-Trump organization "Woman's March" said that it was a victory for women as well.

Grassroots conservatives and national Republicans face off once again in tonight's U.S. Senate Republican primary election in Wisconsin.

The contest comes at a time of uncertainty for transgender rights, which expanded under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama. And in Minnesota, Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender black woman to be elected to public office, after she won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council in 2017.

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Transgender candidates are hoping to build on the breakthrough year of 2017, when at least 10 won office across the country at levels ranging from state legislator to zoning board - the most ever recorded.

Four Democrats are seeking the party's nomination to run for governor. Only 18 per cent of Democratic respondents in the same poll said they had a favourable opinion of Hallquist, and 55 per cent did not yet know who she was.

Vermont Democratic candidate Christine Hallquist embraces supporters after claiming victory during her election night party.

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.

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