Hallquist Comes up Short in Bid to Be America’s First Transgender Governor

Christine HallquistCampaign Press Photo

Mila Madison

Scott has been officially declared the winner with 56.8% of the vote compared to 38.9% for Hallquist with 67% of all precincts reporting in.

Hallquist conceded the race at 10:18 PM from the Democrats’ election night party in Burlington, Vermont.

Christine Hallquist made history by becoming the nation’s first transgender nominee for a major party in a gubernatorial race. The former CEO of the Vermont Electric Cooperative, Hallquist, 62, had secured the Democratic nod by winning over 48% of the vote.

After having secured the nomination, Hallquist faced numerous threats against her life, mostly from people outside of Vermont. Because of the threats she received, she was unable to give advance notices regarding where she would be appearing for campaign events, putting her at a disadvantage. She was also unable to divulge the location of her campaign headquarters.

Hallquist had said that despite the vitriol, a majority of the people of Vermont were accepting of her and her candidacy.