Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders wins Vermont Democratic nod


Bernie Sanders won Vermont's Democratic Senate primary on Tuesday but was expected to turn down the nomination, as he did in his previous campaigns, and support other Democratic candidates.

"Working to ensure that Vermont remains the special, inclusive and progressive place that it has always been... is what motivates Christine to seek the honor and opportunity to serve the people of Vermont as its next governor", it says.

The Democratic primary in Vermont was a fairly sleepy affair, with no big-name contenders to block a first-time candidate such as Hallquist. She faces a Republican incumbent, Phil Scott, who is running for his second term with history on his side - Vermonters have not thrown out an incumbent governor since 1962.

Transgender candidates are hoping to build on the breakthrough year of 2017, when at least 10 won office across the country at levels ranging from state legislator to zoning board - the most ever recorded. Hallquist was not the only transgender candidate on the ballot in the United States in recent days.

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Through a loophole in Vermont's laws, 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn is running for the office as a Democrat. Leah Vukmir. She is campaigning as a consistent conservative and highlighting Nicholson's history as a Democrat.

Hallquist's path to victory may be hard, but the New York Times notes that with her campaign drawing national attention, she'll attract more fundraising dollars and other resources. Originally meant to be a documentary about the Vermont electric company dealing with climate change, it also became a personal story as Hallquist came out as transgender to Derek during the making of the film. Four Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates are vying for the Vermont governor seat.

Wisconsin uses an open primary system, meaning voters do not need to register with a political party to vote in that party's primary elections. In Virginia, Danica Roem became the first out transgender person to be elected to the state legislature.