Republican State Legislative Candidate Who Died of Covid-19 Has Won a Seat in US Elections
Legislative candidate David Andahl from the Republican Party died in October due to Covid-19 related complications | Image credit: Facebook
In a bizarre incident, a Republican candidate running for the state legislature in the state of North Dakota, United States, has won his election despite having passed away due to Covid-19 complications in October.
David Andahl, 55, bismark, North Dakota, died due to complications arising for coronavirus in October. His death came as a shock after the state legislative candidate who beat longtime incumbent and target of Gov. Doug Burgum to win the June primary. And now, Andahl, along with Republican Dave Nehrig, have won the elections.
The Bismark district gets to choose two representatives. Both Andahl and fellow District 8 House candidate Nehring managed to win the Republican endorsements as well as nominations by voters in order to defeat Rep. Jeff Delzer, one of North Dakota's most powerful and popular lawmakers as well as the Chairman of the House of Appropriations Committee, Fox9.com reported.
As per the report, the deceased Andahl won 35 percent of votes to win the seat. The June primary drew the attention of Burgum, a Republican, who gave more than $1.8 million to a political action committee that successfully targeted Delzer’s seat.
Delzer did not advance to the Nov. 3 general election, and he told the Bismarck Tribune earlier that he thought the governor’s influence in the race wasn’t right.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden has taken the lead over his Republican counterpart with 216 votes, while Donald Trump is just 10 votes behind him at 206 even as counting resumed at a slow pace on Wednesday.
Voters under 30 years old across the Midwest are swinging toward Joe Biden, according to preliminary exit polling by CNN. Biden earned support from around 6 in 10 voters under 30 years old in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump earned support from about 1 in 3 voters under 30 years old, the early exit polls show. Hillary Clinton won young voters in all three states by single digits in 2016, while Biden currently leads by significantly more than that.
(With inputs from The Associated Press)