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.
But she recognizes the symbolism of her candidacy and her victory in Tuesday's Democratic primary.
Hallquist won Tuesday's primary election by more than 20 points over her closest competitor and said she was "honored" to be her party's chosen nominee. "Vermonters looked at, 'What's Christine and her team going to do for Vermont?'"
But the state now has a popular moderate Republican governor, Phil Scott, who is favoured to win re-election in November. Lesbian, gay and bisexual candidates have also won Democratic nominations for governor in Texas, Colorado and Oregon. The organization calls Hallquist a "game changer" and its support could prompt its supporters to donate to her campaign.
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"The secret to the win - and I think this can be applied all across rural America - is we paid attention to rural Vermont", Hallquist said.
Democrat Tim Walz and Republican Jeff Johnson won nominations Tuesday for the state's open gubernatorial seat.
Jahana Hayes, who was named national teacher of the year in 2016, won the Democratic nomination in a western district of CT. Exactly a week after the Kansas gubernatorial election, incumbent Gov. Jeff Colyer conceded to Secretary of State Kris Kobach.
President Trump did not endorse in either primary.
Jahana Hayes, a former teacher of the year, became the Democratic nominee in a western district of CT.
Democrats in the state also backed Congressman Keith Ellison, a candidate who is facing accusations of domestic violence.
The race to unseat Scott mostly played out under the radar - nationally and even within the state.