Pawlenty loses in Minnesota, Hallquist makes history in Vermont

Primary elections in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Connecticut, and Vermont reinforced Republicans’ embrace of President Trump’s allies and Democrats’ backing of glass-ceiling breakers.

In Minnesota’s GOP gubernatorial primary, underdog Jeff Johnson beat former Gov. Tim Pawlenty, who was weighed down by his 2016 description of Trump as “unhinged and unfit” after a tape surfaced in which Trump boasted about groping women.

Meanwhile, Democrats picked former utility executive Christine Hallquist in Vermont’s gubernatorial primary. She would be the nation’s first transgender governor.

Jahana Hayes, a former national teacher of the year, won the Democratic nomination for a U.S. House seat in Connecticut. She is favored to win in November and become the first black woman to represent New England in the House.

Ilhan Omar of Minnesota became one of two female Muslim Democrats running in House races this fall.

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