Candidate Who Died of COVID Wins Race

It was too late to remove North Dakota's David Andahl from the ballot
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 4, 2020 7:19 AM CST
He Died From COVID, Won North Dakota Race Anyway
A poll worker disinfects a voting booth at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, in Soldotna, Alaska.   (Ashlyn O'Hara/Peninsula Clarion via AP)

A Republican candidate for North Dakota's state legislature won on Tuesday—despite the fact that he died of COVID-19 last month. David Andahl won one of two seats awarded in the Bismarck-area district, Fox 9 reports. But the 55-year-old died Oct. 5 after a battle with the coronavirus; the AP reported at the time that unless a sufficient number of district voters petitioned for a special election, the Republican Party would choose his replacement should he win. (More Election 2020 stories.)

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