Paulette Jordan won the Democratic nomination in Idaho’s gubernatorial race on Tuesday, putting her in position to possibly become the first Native American governor of any state and the first woman governor in Idaho.

The 38-year-old former state legislator beat out A.J. Balukoff in a competitive primary Tuesday night and will face off against Republican Lt. Gov. Brad Little in November.

“I didn’t win this race by Democrats alone,” Jordan said at her campaign victory speech. “We won this race by everyone. “We are not afraid, and never again will we stand down. This is a great celebration tonight … Come tomorrow this race is still going on. We’ve still got a lot of work to do.”

Jordan, a member of the Couer d’Alene tribe who served in the Idaho House of Representatives for more than three years, has been running on a progressive platform and has been endorsed by progressive groups across the country.

Written by Madison365 staff