Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott smiles Tuesday after voting in Berlin, Vermont. Credit: Charles Krupa | AP

Vermont’s Republican Gov. Phil Scott is headed for a second term as the state’s top executive after fending off a challenge from a former utility executive whose had become the first transgender major party gubernatorial nominee in history.

On Tuesday, Scott defeated Democrat Christine Hallquist, who had campaigned with a Bernie Sanders-esque promise of a $15 per hour minimum wage, universal health care and paid family leave.

Hallquist conceded the race to Scott late Tuesday.

Scott thanked Hallquist in his acceptance speech for running a spirited campaign and said Vermont is an example to the rest of the country for its spirited, but civil politics.

Hallquist was the first transgender major party gubernatorial nominee in history. She said in conceding the race to Scott that Vermont is a beacon of hope.

Vermont voters, with their long history of supporting incumbent political candidates, stood behind the well-liked Scott and his theme of not raising taxes or fees as part of a broader effort to promote economic development and jobs while bringing more people to the state.