Vermont Democratic Candidate for Governor: I’m Not Sure What Socialism Is

Gov. Phil Scott speaking into a microphone in the VPR Talk Studio

The Victory Fund calls Hallquist a "game changer".

In another ground-breaking political moment, Somali-American state legislator Ilhan Omar claimed victory in her primary in Minnesota, putting her on track to become one of the first female Muslim members of the USA house of representatives.

Democrat Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson won nominations Tuesday for the state's open gubernatorial seat.

Ex-presidential candidate Bernie Sanders cruised to victory in Vermont's Democratic Senate primary, paving the way for him to serve a third term.

Scott won his bid for governor in 2016 with just over 52 percent of the vote after previously serving as the state's lieutenant governor.

Santos, a former Meriden mayor, won the state GOP's endorsement and defeated candidates Rich DuPont and Ruby Corby O'Neill.

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"We are fighting for CT values, not Trump values". If she wins, she'll be the nation's first transgender governor. "We've proved them wrong and we're going to prove them wrong when we beat Ned Lamont in November", he said.

Hallquist will the Democratic primary in Vermont, CNN projects, becoming the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major political party, a breakthrough of both substantial and symbolic importance for LGBTQ Americans, in particular the trans community, which has for so always been shut out of the highest levels of elected office.

Hallquist's campaign platform includes a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for all and free higher education, as well as expansion of renewable electricity and high-speed broadband access. Scott, who refused to endorse Trump, has passed gun control legislation and is pro-abortion rights and same-sex marriage.

"I would ask that they put that aside and look at the issues that really matter to us as well, for those who are trying to struggle to get by and those that understand that we need to grow our workforce and grow this economy", he said.

Hallquist joined the Vermont Electrical Cooperative in 1998 as an engineering and technology consultant before climbing the ladder to become the utility's chief executive in 2005, according to her campaign website. They include Alexandra Chandler, Massachusetts' first openly transgender candidate for Congress, and Kim Coco Iwamoto, who would be Hawaii's first transgender lieutenant governor if elected.

"When you struggle your whole life with this - you know I struggled my whole life with gender issues and I transitioned on December 2, 2015 - my goal was to be honest with my children", Hallquist added.

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