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Incumbent GOP Gov. Phil Scott won reelection in Vermont on Tuesday night, edging out the country’s first transgender gubernatorial candidate Christine Hallquist (D). 

Scott won his second term in blue Vermont as a moderate Republican who describes himself as “left of center” on social issues. 

Scott was a formidable opponent with a high approval rating who signed into law a modified marijuana legalization bill earlier this year. He consistently led Hallquist in polls by around 10 to 14 points, according to RealClearPolitics.

{mosads}Hallquist in August made history as the first openly transgender candidate to win a major political party’s nomination for governor in U.S. history. She edged out nonprofit executive James Ehlers and party activist Brenda Siegel in the state’s Democratic primary. 

Transgender candidates ran for political office in unprecedented numbers this year, with roughly 40 trans people throwing their hats into races across the country, according to Reuters.

Hallquist was one of four openly LGBTQ gubernatorial candidates running this election cycle, alongside Oregon’s Kate Brown, Colorado’s Jared Polis and Texas’s Lupe Valdez.  

 

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