Four Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates are vying for the Vermont governor seat.
Christine Hallquist has defeated three other Vermont Democrats in Tuesday's primary to become the first transgender candidate to win a major political party's nomination for governor.
She is running for office on a platform of progressive causes that appear to be gaining steam, including Medicare-for-All, a $15 minimum wage, and criminal justice reform.More news: Saudi cuts oil output as OPEC points to 2019 surplus
"I am not apologetic for who I am", Hallquist said in an interview with Politico. Bernie Sanders is seeking the Democratic nomination, although he plans to run for reelection as an independent come November. Phil Scott is the current governor of Vermont, and she will face him in the November general election.
If Hallquist defeats the incumbent Scott in November, she will become the first transgender governor in US history.
"I am a proud and out transgender woman".More news: Wildfire Smoke Causing Poor Air Quality Across Northwest
Ten candidates fought for the Democratic nomination to face Walker.
The win "is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality", Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, which seeks to elect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates, said in a statement. She also has pledged to support renewable energy in office.
During her primary race, she received the backing of Justice Democrats, a progressive political action committee founded by former Bernie Sanders campaign leaders, including The Young Turks' Cenk Uygur, which helped propel leftist superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to her victory over longtime NY 14th Congressional District incumbent Joe Crowley earlier this summer.More news: Vehicle crash outside UK Parliament a possible terror act, say police
But despite praise for Sonneborn's "maturity" and political awareness, his campaign attracted calls for Vermont lawmakers to close the loophole.