Oregon Gov. Kate Brown. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

LGBTQ candidates are running in record numbers to sit in governor's mansions across the country in the 2018 midterm election — and they're making unprecedented gains.

The big picture: After Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, won her primary for Vermont governor last night, "all 4 letters in [the] LGBT acronym" are represented in Dem gubernatorial nominees this year, per Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson.

The LGBT Democratic candidates who have won their primaries for governor include:

  • Lupe Valdez, a lesbian woman running in Texas.
  • Jared Polis, a gay man running in Colorado.
  • Kate Brown, a bisexual woman who's the incumbent governor of Oregon.
  • Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman running in Vermont.

Be smart: Congress is going to look a lot different (and be more inclusive) in January.

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