- David Andahl, a Republican candidate, died of COVID-19 at the end of October 2020
- North Dakota election officials said it was too late to remove Andahl's name from the ballot paper at the time
- Andahl was declared the winner of North Dakota district on Tuesday night, November 3, after scooping about not less than 35% of the total votes that were cast in the election
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, 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."
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump on Tuesday, November 3, reacted to the massive support he got from some Nigerians who trooped out to campaign for his re-election.
Trump's latest tweet captured a video clip where many Igbo women were chanting praises of the US leader in a residential area.
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Responding to this, Trump said the parade is a great honour for him.
In another report, predictions as to the economic and regulatory experiences American businesses will possibly go through if President Trump eventually clinches victory at the ongoing presidential poll in the US had been made.
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