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Trans Dem Christine Hallquist wins Vermont primary in historic first

Christine Hallquist wins Vermont primary for governor.
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Christine Hallquist is on her way to becoming the country's first transgender governor now that she has won her Democratic primary in Vermont on Tuesday. 

This is also the first time a trans candidate has ever been nominated to be governor by a major party. According to New Now Next, she prevailed over three other Democrats who wanted to take on Republican incumbent, Gov. Phil Scott who won by a comfortable margin. 

Although Gov. Scott has had a high approval rating even among Democrats, most people were not aware of Hallquist until now

"I'm going to tell you why we're going to win in November," said Hallquist, at the Skinny Pancake restaurant in Burlington after the victory. "Because nothing is impossible when you're on the side of justice."

Trans United Fund and Working Families Party endorsed the former utility executive who has never held an elected public office and transitioned when she was 59. 

"We worked hard in collaboration with Working Families Party to turn out the vote in support of Hallquist," said Organizing Director Daye Pope of Trans United Fund said in a statement, "and this victory shows what's possible when trans and nonbinary people have political power."

Hallquist includes support for Medicare for all, an increase in the minimum wages and wiring rural areas of Vermont that still have not internet access. 

"It's going to take a lot of work to get to every town in Vermont," Hallquist expressed about her forthcoming campaign, "and it's going to take twice the amount of work to knock on every door in Vermont, because there's a lot of areas of Vermont that we don't have internet to."