Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Transgender candidate makes history with Vermont primary win

Transgender candidate makes history with Vermont primary win

It was a night of firsts: The first openly transgender gubernatorial nominee.

Meanwhile, in the Minnesota primaries, a Somali-American Muslim legislator accused of anti-Semitism over her criticism of Israel won the Democratic nomination. The potential of the first black woman representing CT in Congress.

Both she and Nicholson ran as strong supporters of President Donald Trump.

A Democrat has become the first transgender person to win a major U.S. party's nomination to be a state governor.

The teenager would be facing Christine Hallquist, who is running to become America's first transgender governor, James Ehlers, a Navy veteran and environmentalist, and Brenda Siegel, the executive director of a dance festival. The organization calls Hallquist a "game changer" and its support could prompt its supporters to donate to her campaign. He's running for governor in Vermont.

CNN host John Berman mentioned a recent Gallup poll, which shows Democrats view socialism more favorably than capitalism, and asked Hallquist if she was surprised by the poll's results.

Hallquist will face Republican Gov. Phil Scott in November.

Diverse Democratic candidates also notched wins across the country.

"Congratulations to Christine Hallquist, the first trans woman to win a major party's nomination for Governor!"

"It clearly is a historic moment", Hallquist said on Wednesday morning.

It wasn't an overwhelming victory - Kobach won by 110 votes.

The last time Vermont voters ousted a sitting governor was in 1962.

He defeated former governor Tim Pawlenty, who was hoping to regain his old job. His primary race against Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson became a contest over who insulted Trump the least.

Voters didn't buy it.

But Trump's approval rating remains below 40 percent in the state.

Democrats in the state also backed Congressman Keith Ellison, a candidate who is facing accusations of domestic violence. It was a charge that Scott repeatedly denied. But that's likely to get more hard as Ellison enters the general election. Bernie Sanders traveled to Minnesota to campaign for Ellison.

Since then, he attracted unwelcome attention for past failures to pay child support and being arrested for marijuana use and drink driving. Steil far outraised his opponents and secured the backing of prominent donors and Republicans, including Ryan.

On Tuesday, Scott was greeted enthusiastically by a gathering of roughly 40 staff, family members and close friends at a low-key victory celebration at the Comfort Inn in Berlin.

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