Kansas governor concedes defeat in Republican primary

15 August, 2018, 09:22 | Author: Billie Castillo
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Christine Hallquist won the Vermont Democratic Party's gubernatorial nomination Tuesday night, giving her a shot at becoming the country's first transgender governor. He's already run more than a dozen television ads touting his record of the past eight years.

Hallquist faced three other Democratic candidates for governor, including a 14-year-old boy, taking 48 percent of the vote, with 80 percent of precincts reporting.

The nation's first transgender governor, its first Somali-American woman in Congress and its first black woman in Connecticut's congressional delegation could all be on the horizon after Tuesday's slate of four primaries.

And more transgender candidates will be on the ballot soon, including Alexandra Chandler, a former naval intelligence analyst who is running in Massachusetts' 3rd District.

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. On the Republican side, incumbent Gov. Phil Scott is looking to secure his party's nomination once again.

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Still a few months from election day political handicappers rate the governor's race as solid Republican - meaning Hallquist has an uphill climb to victory in November.

Scott's popularity fell, especially among conservatives, after he signed gun control measures this year.

Vermont, where polls close at 7 p.m., has a competitive gubernatorial race ahead.

"November 8, 2016, I realized the world changed", she said.

Hallquist greets supporters during her election night party in Burlington, Vermont. Her transition from male to female took place in 2015, while she was at the helm of the company, and was the subject of a documentary film made by her son.

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