Danica Roem elected Virginia's first openly transgender state official

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All the while, she wore her trademark rainbow scarf, an unspoken acknowledgment of her quest to become the first openly transgender person elected and seated in a US state legislature.

When asked if she wanted to say anything about Marshall after winning last night, Roem said, "I have nothing but nice things to say about Bob".

"This is what happens when the radical transgender lobby pours more than $600,000 into a small state race and conservative donors largely sit the race out - Democrats cruise to victory and claim a mandate on an issue they were too afraid to outwardly campaign on", said Terry Schilling, executive director at the Washington-based American Principles Project, which donated money to Marshall and orchestrated a telephone poll aimed at shoring up his supporters late in the race. According to the Post, he refused to debate Roem and insisted on referring to her using male pronouns - tactics in keeping with his self-proclaimed status as the state's "chief homophobe", but ultimately less than useful during the campaign.

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This year, Marshall introduced a bill that would have forced transgender people to use public restrooms associated with their birth gender, instead of the gender they identify with. She conducted campaigns and went from door to door in the district with 52,471 registered voters. She also sang in a metal band in her spare time, ABC News said.

Maintaining a steady social media presence, Roem did a number of public appearances and interviews as well.

"Danica will bring a reporter's eye to Richmond, and we eagerly anticipate her results-oriented approach to deliver for her constituents", the Virginia House Democratic caucus leader David J. Toscano and caucus chairwoman Charniele Herring said in a statement. "It was great. I could just keep doing my job".

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Roem's victory still came as a surprise to many, though she won by almost 10 percent. "I'm committed to continue the fight for you, but in a different role going forward".

"Discrimination is a disqualifier", Roem said Tuesday night after her victory, the Post reports.

Marshall conceded to Roem in a post on his Facebook page. "Though we all wish tonight would have turned out differently, I am deeply grateful for your support and effort over the years".

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