Danica Roem, with supporter Marilyn Karp, cries after her win over GOP incumbent Robert Marshall. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
Election returns were quickly rolling in Tuesday evening, strongly favoring Danica Roem, a Democrat, in her bid for Virginia state delegate. A victory would set her on a path to become the first openly transgender person in the country elected and seated in a state legislature.
Roem was feeling cautiously optimistic, but her training as a journalist had taught her to gather all of the facts first. Around 8 p.m., she believed it was way too early to declare she’d beaten her opponent, Robert G. Marshall, 73, a 13-term incumbent Republican who has called himself the state’s “chief homophobe.”
She was anxiously pacing around a restaurant in Prince William County, one of several stops before the “watch party” where she’d planned to connect with her campaign manager and supporters to see the results …