World|life|August 16, 2018 / 12:18 PM
Transgender woman makes history by winning Democratic nomination for Vermont governor

AKIPRESS.COM - Democrats in Vermont made history on Tuesday after they elected their first transgender candidate for the state governorship, US media report.

Christine Hallquist, a former energy executive, will become America's first transgender state governor if elected in November's midterms.

Ms Hallquist defeated three other candidates, including a 14-year-old boy, to win the Democratic Party nomination on Tuesday.

While she made history on Tuesday, Ms Hallquist faces an uphill battle to defeat the Republican incumbent Governor Phil Scott in November's race.

But Democrats are hoping a "blue wave" in the midterm elections will lead them to regain at least the House of Representatives, one of Congress' two chambers.

Ms Hallquist's nomination comes in a progressive year for US politics already marked by record numbers of lesbian, gay and transgender candidates.

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