Republican David Andahl, who died of Covid-19 in October, won the election to the North Dakota state legislature on Tuesday.
Andahl, a “Trump Republican” under the Grand Forks Herald, ran a major challenge against a strong Republican Party and won it earlier this year. He was later confirmed by influential figures such as Governor Doug Burgum, who won re-election on Tuesday.
He was elected to the State House of Representatives for District 8 along with Dave Nehring of the Republican party, the North Dakota election official declared.
Andahl was 55 years old when he died on October 5, less than a week after being hospitalized with coronavirus infection.
The state of North Dakota, with a population of just over 760,000 according to the US Census Bureau̵7;s most recent estimates, has the highest rate of Covid-19 cases per capita in the country. As of last week, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined the coronavirus rate in North Dakota was more than 150 cases per 100,000 people.
North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem said last month that if Andahl wins, the state GOP will appoint a replacement from the same party, according to the Grand Forks Herald.
The election of the dead is not without precedent. In the 2018 election, a Nevada brothel owner won a statewide office election following his death.