Wednesday, 07 Dec 2022

Democrat re-elected by a landslide in Pennsylvania even though hes dead

Democrat re-elected by a landslide in Pennsylvania even though hes dead


Democrat re-elected by a landslide in Pennsylvania  even though hes dead

A longtime Pennsylvania state representative was re-elected in a landslide - even though he died last month.

Democrat Anthony "Tony" DeLuca, Pennsylvania's longest-serving state representative, was the choice in more than 85% of votes cast.

DeLuca, 85, died on 9 October from lymphoma, a disease he had twice previously fended off.

By the time of his death it was too late to change the ballot or put forth another candidate for his seat. While his opponent, Green candidate Queonia "Zarah" Livingston, accounted for more than 14% of the vote, DeLuca's victory has triggered a special election that will be held on a later date.

"While we're incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously," the Pennsylvania House Democratic campaign committee said in a tweet.

"A special election will follow soon."

This isn't the first time a candidate has won an election posthumously. In 2018, brothel owner Dennis Hof won a seat in the Nevada senate as a Republican despite dying the month before. Unlike in Pennsylvania, however, his victory did not trigger a special election: under Nevada state law, county officials could appoint a Republican to take Hof's place for the entire term.

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