A report by Politico.com, said the lawmaker, a Republican candidate, David Andahl who died from COVID-19 complications on 5 October, has been declared the winner of the North Dakota legislative seat in the United States in the ongoing US election.
Late Andahl, who was a cattle rancher and land developer died at age 55, after winning a heated primary with an incumbent committee chairman. He had spent 16 years serving on the zoning and planning commission in Burleigh County, including eight years as its chair, according to the Bismarck Tribune.
According to Washington Post, North Dakota election authorities initially had no precedent on how to address the death of a candidate so close to the election and the state’s Attorney General later issued an opinion on how to proceed.
It was learned that the authorities had reportedly said should Andahl win, the local Republican Party would be responsible for filling the vacant seat until a special election.
No fewer than six dead candidates have won elections since 2,000 at nearly every level of government, from mayoral races in small-town Tennessee to a US Senate seat, according to a report by Washington Post.
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