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Brothel Owner Expected to Win Election Despite Death

Republican would be named to replace Dennis Hof after Nov. 6
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 18, 2018 5:44 AM CDT
A sign advertises the Love Ranch outside of the brothel, Tuesday, in Pahrump, Nev.   (AP Photo/John Locher)
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(Newser) – Despite being found dead on Tuesday, Nevada's most famous pimp is poised to win a Nov. 6 election to the state legislature, reports the AP. The body of Dennis Hof, who marketed himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican in his race for a heavily GOP Assembly district, was found at his Love Ranch brothel outside Las Vegas following a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday. Guests included porn actor Ron Jeremy, "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss, and former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio. No foul play is suspected, and it could be six weeks before a cause of death is determined, authorities said. Voting begins Saturday, but it's too late to change the ballots, which have been printed and mailed.

Even though officials will post notices at the polls that Hof died, he seems likely to get elected, meaning another Republican will be nominated to fill the vacancy. "Just when I thought that there was nothing else in this race that could possibly shock me, here we are," Hof's campaign consultant, Chuck Muth, said Wednesday. While waging a no-holds-barred campaign, Hof's incendiary style drew fans and well-known supporters such as Trump adviser Roger Stone and Arpaio. But it also brought scrutiny to Hof's businesses, multiple allegations of sexual assault (which Hof denied), and alienated him from the state's GOP establishment. "It's too bad that he didn't get to see this through," Fleiss told reporters Tuesday. "He saw it as going all the way to governor one day." (Pimps are targeting women in jail.)

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