California Elects a Dead Woman
State Sen. Jenny Oropeza died Oct. 20; still nabs 57.8% of vote
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 3, 2010 7:30 AM CDT
The late Sen. Jenny Oropeza held onto her seat last night. She died Oct. 20.   (

(Newser) – In California, one literally does not need a pulse to win an election. State Sen. Jenny Oropeza zipped to victory last night, capturing 57.8% of the vote in her heavily Democratic district some two weeks after she died. Republican John Stammreich, who might have expected that being alive would boost his chances, managed to reel in only 36.3% of the vote, reports the Daily Breeze. A special election will be held to fill the seat. Click here for more.