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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.

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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."

Go deeper: 2018 has more LGBTQ candidates than ever before.

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Senate pulls all-nighter on amendments to COVID relief package

Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images

Democratic leaders struck an agreement with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) on emergency unemployment insurance late Friday, clearing the way for Senate action on President Biden's $1.9 trillion stimulus package to resume after an hours-long delay.

The state of play: The Senate continued to work through votes on a marathon of amendments overnight into Saturday morning.

The elusive political power of Mexican Americans

Data: Pew Research Center, U.S. Census Bureau; Chart: Michelle McGhee/Axios

Mexican Americans make up the nation's largest Latino group, yet they remain politically outshined by more recently arrived Cuban Americans.

Why it matters: The disparities in political power between Mexican Americans and Cuban Americans reflect the racial, historical, geographical and economic differences within Latino cultures in the U.S.