- David Andahl died of COVID-19 at the end of October 2020
- North Dakota election officials said it was too late to remove his name from the ballot paper
- He was declared the winner of North Dakota district on Tuesday, November 3, night, after scooping about 35% of the total votes that were cast
A Republican candidate who died of COVID-19 in October has won a state legislature seat posthumously.
The late David Andahl was declared the winner of North Dakota district on Tuesday, November 3, night, after scooping about 35% of the votes that were cast.
Andahl died due to complications from COVID-19. He had been sick and hospitalised with the disease for several weeks before passing on at the age of 55.
He was elected alongside Dave Nehring to represent the district which chooses two representatives.
The two won the Republicans endorsements and voters’ nominations to defeat one of North Dakota’s most powerful lawmakers, Rep. Jeff Delzer.
Secretary of State Al Jaeger told New York Times the Republican Party, which nominated Andahl for the seat, would get to fill the vacancy.
He, however, acknowledged the situation was rare, noting he had never witnessed it for the last 27 years he has been in politics.
"From what I gather, we really haven’t had a situation like this before,” said Jaegar.
In Kenya, the late Masinde Muliro is one such a leader who was elected the MP for Mathare constituency posthumously.
Masinde won the seat during Kenya's first multiparty general election in 1992 but his victory was nullified by the court, forcing him to return to the ballot.
Two days to the by-election day, Masinde, who was vying on a FORD Kenya ticket, was involved in a grisly road accident. He succumbed to the injuries on the eve of the election day.
Republicans and Democrats have locked horns for top elective seats in America starting from the president to positions of the state legislatures.
Briefly.co.za has gathered Republican Party under its flagbearer Donald Trump, incumbent president, has so far won 47 senate seats against Democrats 46.
In the House of Representatives, Democratic Party is slightly ahead with 180 against Republican's 171.
At the top, Trump and Biden are still entangled in a neck-to-neck race with the latter leading with a slight margin so far.
As reported by Briefly.co.za, Trump has threatened to move to the Supreme court to stop the counting on grounds that his opponents are rigging elections.
The Republican leader who is seeking his second and final term in office said he will challenge the results in the Supreme Court as he alleged there was "vote stealing" through voting after polls were closed.
Speaking at the White House on Wednesday, November 4, morning, Trump asked his supporters to prepare for celebrations as he had "won" in battleground swing states despite Biden taking a lead.
"This is a fraud on the American public. As far as I’m concerned, we already have won," he said before adding:
"We' will be going to the US Supreme Court. We want all voting to stop. We don’t want them to find any ballots at 4 am in the morning and add them to the list," Trump said.
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