Phil Scott is facing a challenge from Springfield businessman Keith Stern.
Christine Hallquist won the Democratic nomination for governor of Vermont on Tuesday, becoming the first openly transgender candidate from a major party in a governor's race. 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.
'And no one agrees with their friends all the time, but as our success shows we can make a lot of good progress when we have clear priorities and we pull in the same direction, ' Scott said. Only 18 per cent of Democratic respondents in the same poll said they had a favourable opinion of Hallquist, and 55 per cent did not yet know who she was. Originally meant to be a documentary about the Vermont electric company dealing with climate change, it also became a personal story as Hallquist came out as transgender to Derek during the making of the film.
'Look to Vermont, ' she said. We can be a beacon for the rest of the world'.
Hallquist was born a man, but "transitioned" to a woman three years ago.
She defeated three other Democrats and will take on incumbent Governor Phil Scott, a Republican, in the November 6 general election, unofficial results showed.
The 62-year-old Hallquist is being supported by The Victory Fund, a political action committee that backs LGBTQ candidates across the country. Democratic state Sen. John Rodgers, from Vermont's remote and conservative Northeast Kingdom, failed in his bid for a grassroots write-in campaign, largely motivated by his displeasure with firearms restrictions.