Dead men in Congress: two deceased Democrats re-elected to the US House of Representatives
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Journalists note that the name of one of the candidates – Barbara Cooper – remained on the ballot due to the fact that this is provided for by state law. Pennsylvania and Tennessee are now holding snap elections.
In the midterm elections to Congress, the US re-elected two Democratic politicians who died in October this year. One of them is Pennsylvania Democrat Anthony DeLuca, who died on October 9, received 85% of the vote. Due to this situation, a snap election will soon be held in the state, according to the Fox News information channel.
Pennsylvania Democrats say the 85-year-old late candidate received so many votes because the state's voters continue to demonstrate their commitment to Democratic values.
“While we are incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud that voters continue to demonstrate their confidence in him and his commitment to democratic values by re-electing him posthumously,” the statement reads.
Journalist Charlie Wolfson wrote in response to the situation that some voters may not have been aware of DeLuca's death, but most voters preferred the idea of a snap election over a third party candidate.
A similar picture has developed in the state of Tennessee. Democrat Barbara Cooper, who died Oct. 25 at age 93, also “won the race” in the state's 86th congressional district, according to Local Memphis.
County Election Commission Reportedly Shelby said Cooper's name remained on the ballot following her unexpected death on October 25, 2022, due to state law. Now, snap elections will be held to take her place. An election date will be determined by Gov. Bill Lee when he issues an executive order.
In the US midterm elections, CNN counted Republicans for 185 House seats and Democrats for 159. At the same time, CBS News gave the following data: Republicans receive 198 seats, and Democrats – 176.