The Republican candidate is expected to win one of two seats out of four candidates in the race to enter North Dakota district 8. He received about 35.53% of the total votes, according to unofficial results from the state. GOP member candidate Dave Nehring is expected to win the remaining seat, with about 40.72% of the vote.
Andahl’s death in October raised the question of what would happen if he won the November election. The North Dakota Attorney General stated that the situation would considered an official’s resignation or retirement, meaning the county’s Republican Party would appoint a representative to fill his vacant seat.
His family announced that he died of the virus in a statement on his campaign̵
7;s Facebook page last month. He is 55 years old.
“Our beloved son David passed away yesterday after a brief battle with COVID-19”, the October 6 announcement was written. “He is very cautious, especially because he has encountered some health challenges, but he cannot cope with the disease. We are heartbroken and we ask that he be remembered. not because of how he died, but by the way he lived. “
Andahl’s death occurred as North Dakota was dealing with an alarming number of coronavirus cases. Cases in the state have been steadily increasing since mid-August and on Tuesday, North Dakota reached its highest average daily seven-day incidence high.
Andahl has been confirmed by prominent state officials
Andahl, a native of Bismarck, is a retired rancher, land developer and professional chauffeur, according to his obituary in the Bismarck Tribune. He spent 16 years on the Burleigh County Planning and Zoning Committee, chairing that committee for eight years.
He defeated longtime Senator Jeff Delzer in a preliminary election in June, with the endorsement of North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum and US Senator Kevin Cramer.
“I join the District 8 Republican Party and Governor Doug Burgum uphold David Andahl because we need more Trump Republicans in the State Legislature,” Cramer said in a statement earlier this year. “I know David Andahl will support our Ag producers and will fight for coal.”
Andahl’s family thanks supporters who played a key role in his winning a common home.
“He has been a civil servant for many years and is looking forward to the opportunity to serve in the state legislature,” his family said in a statement. “We are very sad that his wish does not come true. We thank all of you for supporting David over the past time, and we ask for your continued support and prayer as we do.” arranged to celebrate his life. “
Andahl’s post-death election victory, while relatively rare, is not unprecedented.
Dennis Hof, a Nevada brothel owner and self-proclaimed pimp, won the race to enter the state legislature in the 2018 midterm elections about three weeks after his death. Since 2000, at least five other candidates have also won the election after their death.