"This is what happens when he can't defeat me [on] the core quality-of-life issues facing the people of the 13th District".
Marshall, a staunch conservative who had served in the Virginia's House of Delegates since 1992, referred to himself as the state's "chief homophobe". He was the sponsor of Virginia's bathroom bill that would have discriminated against transgender people.
The contest was one of dozens of state legislative races where Democrats were pushing to gain ground in the Republican-majority General Assembly, buoyed by a surge of anti-Trump sentiment among Democrats and independents and hoping to provide an example for the nation of how to run in opposition to the unpopular Republican president. He refused to debate Roem and referred to her as a male throughout the campaign. Campaign ads for Marshall did target Roem's gender identity, reports say. With a message that acknowledged transgender rights but emphasized other local issues of importance to her Manassas Park district's voters.
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She started pursuing therapy to begin her gender transition when she was 28, and said in an interview with The Associated Press during the campaign that politics should be inclusive of all. "That was the primary factor in how I voted", said Roem's new constituent. "It was great. I could just keep doing my job". "We don't just want a seat at the table, we want to set the table".
She added that there were many stories that were run about her being a transgender rather than her qualifications for office.
After her win on Tuesday night, Danica Roem appeared live on FOX 5 DC Wednesday morning to talk about her campaign, the issues she's passionate about and what's ahead as she heads to Richmond.
Roem raised more than twice as many funds as Marshall, receiving significant donations from out of state and national donors including the Victory Fund, a national group that aims to elect LGBTQ leaders.
"For 26 years I've been proud to fight for you, and fight for our future. Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years". "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward".