Democrat who is dead now re-elected by a landslide in Pennsylvania

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Democrat who is dead now re-elected by a landslide in Pennsylvania
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A state representative in Pennsylvania was re-elected in a landslide victory one month after his death.

New Delhi,UPDATED: Nov 10, 2022 09:28 IST

File photo of Pennsylvania’s longest-serving state representative Anthony Tony DeLuca (Twitter/@PAHDCC)

By India Today Web Desk: A US state representative was re-elected by a majority even after his death. Pennsylvania’s longest-serving state representative, Anthony Tony DeLuca, died last month in October. His landslide win has now triggered a special election that will be held on a later date, reported The Guardian.

In the election, DeLuca was the choice of over 85% of the voters. He died from lymphoma on October 9.

When he died, it was too late to bring another candidate for his seat or to change the ballot. The election was held with his name and he won a landslide victory.

Opposite DeLuca was Queonia “Zarah” Livingston, who managed to secure more than 14% of the vote.

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After the election results, the Pennsylvania House Democratic campaign committee said, “While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously. A special election will follow soon.”

DeLuca represented the 32nd legislative district of Pennsylvania for almost 40 years, and served as the Democratic chairman of the House insurance committee for the last 20 years, The Guardian said.

In another incident from 2018, a candidate won an election posthumously. A month after his death, a brothel owner Dennis Hof won a seat in the Nevada senate as a Republican.





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