Hallquist will the Democratic primary in Vermont, CNN projects, becoming the first transgender gubernatorial nominee for a major political party, a breakthrough of both substantial and symbolic importance for LGBTQ Americans, in particular the trans community, which has for so always been shut out of the highest levels of elected office.
While many transgender people change their name given at birth upon transition, Ms Hallquist has made David her middle name and speaks comfortably about her previous identity.
"I'm proud to be a role model for others in. marginalized communities so they can rise up and be recognized", Hallquist said.
"And that one letter takes care of 100 trolls", Hallquist said.
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The Democratic primary in Vermont was a fairly sleepy affair, with no big-name contenders to block a first-time candidate such as Hallquist. Heavily mustached union ironworker Randy Bryce won the Democratic primary for the district, beating out teacher Cathy Myers.
Meanwhile an iron worker and union organiser who has become famous for the nickname "Ironstache" won the Democratic primary for a seat on the Wisconsin House of Representatives that is now held by Republican Speaker Paul Ryan. His primary race against Hennepin County Commissioner Jeff Johnson became a contest over who insulted Trump the least.
He defeated former governor Tim Pawlenty, who was hoping to regain his old job.
"When you struggle your whole life with this - you know I struggled my whole life with gender issues and I transitioned on December 2, 2015 - my goal was to be honest with my children", Hallquist added.
Kris Kobach ousted the current Republican Governor, Jeff Colyer, by just 345 votes.
Democrats in the state also backed Congressman Keith Ellison, a candidate who is facing accusations of domestic violence.
The race will be closely watched by both parties.