Vermont Elections: Gov. Phil Scott overcomes Hallquist challenge

Vermont Elections: Gov. Phil Scott overcomes Hallquist challenge
Christine Hallquist Loses Bid As First US Transgender Governor In Vermont
Christine Hallquist, a former energy CEO, lost her bid on Tuesday to make history as Americas first transgender governor with Vermont voters re-electing the Republican incumbent, according to projections after polls closed.

The 62-year-old Democrat was projected to have lost to Phil Scott, a comparatively popular and moderate Republican who has only been the bucolic northeastern states top executive for two years.

8:40 Christine Hallquist is the Democratic candidate for governor in the state of Vermont. If she wins, she will be the first transgender person to hold such a post in the United States. Facing a tough battle against the incumbent governor, the Republican Phil Scott, we follow Hallquist on the campaign trail in the run-up to the midterm elections  

With 98 per cent of precincts reporting, Scott maintained a 15-point lead on Hallquist, who conceded defeat. 

Paul Rosenfeld, Tik Root, Mac Christopher, Shanida Scotland and Laurence Topham, Source: The Guardian

Cancer survivor Hallquist had jumped into politics with the idea of helping to lead a blue wave against President Donald Trump.

Christine Hallquist, a former energy CEO, lost her bid on Tuesday to make history as Americas first transgender governor

Hallquist had defied death threats to run, hoping that Democrats and independents would flock to the polls to put her over the line.

Having made history as becoming the first transgender person to win a major party nomination for governor, Hallquist already considered herself a role model and her candidacy as expanding Americas moral compass.

Republican Vermont Governor Phil Scott smiles after voting in Berlin, Vermont on Tuesday. He was successful in his reelection bid, defeating challenger Hallquist

She told AFP in an interview in September her gender status was not an issue for Vermont, and that it rarely came up with voters.

Before running, she was best known in Vermont for leading the charge toward renewable energy and as a pioneering American CEO who transitioned on the job and who until 2015 was officially Dave.

Democratic gubernatorial challenger Christine Hallquist walks off the stage after delivering her concession speech during an election night rally party in Burlington on Tuesday

Christine Hallquist, a former energy CEO, lost her bid Tuesday to make history as Americas first transgender governor with Vermont voters re-electing the Republican incumbent, television networks reported.

The 62-year-old Democrat was projected to have lost to Phil Scott, a comparatively popular and moderate Republican who has only been the bucolic northeastern states top executive for two years, by Fox and ABC News.

Cancer survivor Hallquist had jumped into politics to help lead a “blue wave” against President Donald Trump, who has sought to erode transgender rights, roll back environmental protections and crack down on immigration.

Scott distanced himself from Trump in the largely blue state whose most famous politician is Senator Bernie Sanders, a self-described Democratic Socialist re-elected as an independent earlier on Tuesday.

Hallquist had defied death threats to run, hoping that Democrats and independents would flock to the polls to put her over the line.

Having made history as becoming the first transgender person to win a major party nomination for governor, Hallquist already considered herself a role model and her candidacy as expanding Americas moral compass.

She told AFP in an interview in September her gender status was “not an issue for Vermont,” and that it rarely came up with voters.

Before running, she was best known in Vermont for leading the charge toward renewable energy and as a pioneering American CEO who transitioned on the job and who until 2015 was officially Dave.