Stories by Alexi McCammond

LGBTQ candidates are on the ballot nationwide for governor in 2018

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.

A midterm trend: women replacing men

Illustration: Rebecca Zisser/Axios

At least five men who currently occupy prominent offices will definitely be replaced by women after last night's primaries in Minnesota, Vermont, Connecticut, and Wisconsin. There are now at least 199 women who have won their primaries for the House in 2018.

Why it matters: Midterm elections are typically a referendum on the president, but 2018 is showing over and over again that Americans want more women in elected office under the Trump era.

Leah Vukmir wins GOP Senate primary in Wisconsin

Leah Vukmir won her primary for U.S. Senate in Wisconsin, a state that has never had a female Republican senator. She'll face Democratic Sen. Tammy Baldwin in the November general election.

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: Baldwin is one of 10 vulnerable Democratic senators this cycle because she's a Democrat in a red state. At least four billionaires in the state have pledged to back the Republican nominee, which will give Vukmir a huge boost in November.