Christine Hallquist wins Democratic primary for Vermont governor

Christine Hallquist at a film festival. Photo: Amanda Edwards/WireImage via Getty Images

Christine Hallquist has won her primary in Vermont and is already making history as the first transgender person to be elected as a major party nominee for governor.

Data: Associated Press; Chart: Axios Visuals

Why it matters: If elected, she will be the first transgender governor in U.S. history, as well as the first transgender person elected to statewide office in Vermont.

Hallquist is a former executive at an energy company in Vermont where she was the first CEO to transition, CNN reports citing the Victory Fund, a group that backs openly LGBTQ candidates.

  • "I was sure I was going to lose my job. I was sure I was going to lose respect. But that didn't happen," she told CNN. "So this describes the beauty of Vermont. Now I'm at this point where I can't do enough to give back to Vermont."

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