Voters enter the polling place early inside the Bismarck Event Center as the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak continues to break out in Bismarck, North Dakota, October 26, 2020.
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A North Dakota Republican who died of Covid-19 last month won a seat in the state legislature, according to unofficial results posted by the foreign secretary̵7;s office.
David Andahl is one of two Republicans elected to represent the state’s District 8 in the North Dakota House of Representatives, winning more than three times the votes of the nearest Democratic candidate. Dave Nehring won the other seat.
The AP news agency reported in October that Andahl had died from complications of the coronavirus. He is 55 years old.
“He has a lot of affection for his seeds … and wants to make things better, and his heart is for agriculture. He wants everything better for farmers and the coal industry.” “, his mother, Pat Andahl, told The Bismarck Tribune at time.
Cases in North Dakota Covid-19 are on the rise.
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State officials told the newspaper it was unclear what would happen if Andahl won the election.
Legislative Council director John Bjornson told the paper: “What we see is the most legitimate authority, the general rule is that the next person (in the November election results) doesn’t go up.” He added that it was “all new. We haven’t encountered this yet, which we know.”
North Secretary of State Dakota Al Jaeger said in an email on Wednesday that the state would follow a comment made by the attorney general last month.
That opinion indicated that Andahl could be legally elected but his death created a void, which should be filled through an appointment from the state’s Republicans.
According to local health officials, the coronavirus is spreading rapidly in North Dakota, where the positive rate for the test has risen above 12%. Nearly 50,000 people in the state, about 750,000 people, tested positive and 555 died.
According to the unofficial tally, Nehring won 6,763 votes, or about 40% of those votes, and Andahl got 5,901 votes, or about 36%. Voters can choose two candidates. Democrats Kathrin Volochenko and Linda Babb each won less than 2,000 votes, with about 12% and 10% of the votes.