Published: Wed, August 15, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

Kansas governor concedes defeat in Republican primary

Kansas governor concedes defeat in Republican primary

Vermont Democrats made Christine Hallquist the first openly transgender person to win a major party nomination for statewide office in USA history as she clinched Tuesday's primary election for governor.

Christine Hallquist made history as the first transgender candidate for a state's governorship after winning the Democratic primary in Vermont on Tuesday.

She will face incumbent Gov. Phil Scott in November, whose approval ratings with his GOP base have tumbled following recent efforts to tighten gun control in Vermont.

Colyer accepted defeat Tuesday evening after a review of some provisional ballots from most Kansas counties failed to find enough votes for him to overcome a deficit of 110 votes at the time of poll closing in the August 7 primary, out of more than 311,000 votes initially counted. They have been reversed under Republican President Donald Trump's administration, a victory for religious conservatives who only recognize traditional gender roles.

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It is a remarkable milestone, even for an election year already dominated by an influx of women and a record number of candidates who identify as lesbian, gay, transgender or queer. And in Minnesota, Andrea Jenkins became the first openly transgender black woman to be elected to public office, after she won a seat on the Minneapolis City Council in 2017. He is expected to decline the nomination though and run again as an independent.

Hallquist has also said she 'would work toward universal primary care in Vermont and pursue a coalition of states to pursue a "Medicare for all" system'. She transitioned in 2015 while she was CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, a power utility that she helped turn around.

Before Vermont's election, only four transgender candidates had won primaries in 2018, all at the statehouse level, and have a general election ahead.

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