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Vermont voters made history on Tuesday when Christine Hallquist, a transgender woman, won the Democratic primary for the governor.
Hallquist, who will now face the Republican Governor of Vermont, Phil Scott, in the general election, becomes the first open transsexual person ever to win a major party nomination for governor in US history. If she wins in November, she would be the nation's first transgender governor.
Hallquist, a former energy company manager, has defeated three other contestants to win the Democratic nomination, but Scott will not be easy to beat, even in blue-and-blue Vermont.
The GOP governor had high approval ratings and the Cook Political Report still rates the race as a solid Republican. However, Scott saw that his approval rating declined as he signed a comprehensive package of arms control measures – though that came mainly from his own party and was probably one of the reasons he only received about two thirds of the votes in the GOP. Surveys show, however, that Scott still has good numbers among Democratic voters.
Hallquist easily defeated three Democratic opponents, including 14-year-old Ethan Sonneborn. Even though he was not old enough to vote for himself, Sonneborn ran for governor thanks to a peculiarity in the state constitution that did not specify age requirements for the governor.
Sen. Bernie Sanders also won the Democratic nomination for the Senate, although the potential 2020 presidential candidates reject plans to lead him back as independent.
Scott Walker's offer for the third term, but Tim Pawlenty loses his
Democrats also hope to dispose of Republican Governor Scott Walker in Wisconsin, and their candidate in this task will be state superintendent of the schools Be Tony Evers. A NBC News / Marist survey last month showed that Evers Walker hit double digits as President Trump's approval fell in what he surprised in 2016.
Walker attempts to win a third term after surviving a 2012 recall election and won reelection in 2014. But his first election in 2010 and his re-election both came in the GOP wave years ago. Now that the National Democrats have gained momentum at the national level, they believe that they can finally eliminate Walker, who is a polarizing figure in the state in the face of his anti-union crusade. Walker has seen his own numbers fall in the state after the failed 2016 presidential campaign.
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Another former GOP White House hopelessly failed in its comeback bid when former Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty lost the state's Republican governor selector to the 2014 candidate Jeff Johnson. Pawlenty, who served as a presidential candidate for a short time in 2012, was a favorite and may have given the Republicans the chance to win back the retired Democrat Mark Dayton.
Johnson now faces the Democrat Tim Walz in the general election. Walz, who had successfully defended a congressional district for years, defeated attorney Lori Swanson and Republican Erin Murphy to secure the nomination of the state's Democratic Farmer Labor Party.
Wisconsin, Minnesota, Races
In Wisconsin, Republican Bryan Steil and Democrat Randy Bryce will be lining up against each other in November Paul Ryan in the 1st congressional district of the state. Steely, a businessman who had Ryan's backing, beat several GOP candidates to win the nomination and will be the favorite this fall.
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Bryce defeated teacher Cathy Myers to win the Democratic nomination, and while the Ironworker caused a stir last year with his populist announcement video, his previous arrests, including one for a DUI, and delinquency in child support payments could do the job hamper his bid.
Republicans in Wisconsin also elected Sen. Leah Vukmir as their candidate to challenge Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin. Vukmir, backed by much of the state's GOP establishment, defeated Marine Corps veteran Kevin Nicholson. An NBC News / Marist poll in July showed that Vukmir Baldwin left with 17 points.
National Republicans – face-to-face with a harsh congressional card across the country – see on Tuesday the possibility of congressional takeovers in some Minnesota races. The first district of the state – vacated by Walz, who won the nomination as Governor – and the 8th district, which was left open by Democrat Rick Nolan, who ran unsuccessfully for the Lieutenant Governor – are both counties, the Trump 2016 in the double digits led.
Minnesota Democrats nominated former Defense Department official Dan Feehan in 1st district. He will face Jim Hawthorn, who has nominated the party against Wal in the last two cycles.
In Minnesota's 8th congressional district, Republican St. Louis County Commissioner Pete Stauber, who was backed by Trump, will take over Rep. Joe Radinovich, who won the Democratic primary and was the preferred candidate of the National Party in the harsh district.
Democrats also have pick-up possibilities in the suburbs of the twin cities. Freshman GOP Rep. Jason Lewis, who has come under fire for his sexist comments as a radio presenter, will have a rematch with the 2016 nominated Angie Craig. And in the 3rd district – which Hillary Clinton won two years ago – Republican MP Erik Paulsen will face Democratic businessman Dean Phillips.
Democratic Senator from Minnesota Tina Smith easily won her primary because she pursues a full term. Smith, the former vice-governor, was appointed to fill the seat after Sen. Al Franken resigned on allegations of sexual misconduct.
Smith was challenged by former George W. Bush ethics lawyer Richard Painter, an outspoken Trump critic who decided to switch parties to run against them. But with about 35 percent of districts reporting, Smith won over Painter's 14 percent with over three quarters of the vote. She is strongly favored over Republican Senator Karin Housley, who won the GOP nomination.
Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison also easily won the Democratic primary to become the state's next Attorney-General and to defeat four opponents despite last-minute allegations of domestic violence. Ellison, the deputy chairman of the Democratic National Committee, has rejected the allegations.
The DNC told NPR on Tuesday that it is reviewing the allegations.
Ilhan Omar, the country's first Somali-American legislator, won the Democratic primary for Ellison's seat in the heavily Democratic 5th Ward. When she was a child, Omar's family fled the country's civil war and spent several years in a refugee camp in Kenya before settling in the US
She is likely to join Democratic Congressional candidate Rashida Tlaib. as the first two Muslim congressional women in history.
Changes are coming to Connecticut?
Also in Connecticut, the Republicans could see pickup. They chose wealthy businessman Bob Stefanowski, who ran as a conservative outsider, as their candidate for the governor, and believe they have a chance after Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy sinks in a state budget crisis.
Stefanowski will face Democratic candidate Ned Lamont, who was sensitized in 2006 nationwide for defeating Sen. Joe Lieberman in the state's Democratic Party. In the parliamentary elections Lamont lost to Lieberman, who successfully competed as an independent.
In the open 5th congressional district, Connecticut Democrats appointed progressive Jahana Hayes, 2016 National Teacher of the Year, to Mary Glassman, supported by the Chamber of Commerce. Republicans chose Meriden's former mayor, Manny Santos.
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While Clinton only gained four points in the district, national handicappers still rate the district as safe for the Democrats. If Hayes wins, she would be the first black woman to go to Congress from Connecticut.