A Republican candidate was elected to the North Dakota state assembly despite having died of coronavirus a month earlier, officials said Wednesday.
David Andahl, a farmer and businessman, died on October 5 at the age of 55 “after a brief battle with COVID-19,” his family said on his campaign Facebook page for the local gathering.
“He has been a civil servant for many years and was looking forward to the opportunity to serve in the state parliament,” says the family declaration.
That ambition was fulfilled posthumously when the former racing driver was elected to North Dakota’s 8th Congressional District with a third of the vote and won the last race of his life.
In the face of a deceased elected official, the rural northern state’s attorney general said the situation would be treated the same as a resignation or resignation of a legislature, and that the local Republican Party would designate a replacement.
It wasn’t the first time in recent US history that a dead candidate has won the election. In 2018, noted brothel owner Dennis Hof was elected to the Nevada Congregation on the Republican ticket a few weeks after his death.
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