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US Politician Who Died Of COVID-19 Wins North Dakota Seat

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A Republican candidate was elected to the state legislature in North Dakota, despite the fact that he had died a month earlier of coronavirus, officials said Wednesday.

David Andahl, a farmer and businessman, died on October 5 at the age of 55 “after a short battle with COVID-19,” his family said on the Facebook page of his campaign for the local assembly.

“He has been a public servant for many years and was looking forward to the opportunity to serve in the state legislature,” the family statement said.

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That ambition was fulfilled posthumously when the former race car driver was elected to North Dakota’s 8th congressional district with a third of the votes, winning the last race of his life.

Faced with a deceased elected official, the attorney general of the rural northern state said the situation would be treated in the same way as a legislator stepping down or retiring, and that the local Republican party would name a replacement.

It was not the first time in recent US history that a dead candidate has won the election. In 2018, well-known brothel owner Dennis Hof was elected to the Nevada Assembly on the Republican ticket a few weeks after his death

 

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