A Republican state legislature candidate won election in North Dakota on Tuesday about one month after he died from COVID-19, Politico reports.
- David Andahl won a primary battle against an incumbent committee chairman state Rep. Jeff Delzer in June.
- Republican Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota supported Andahl in the racing, saying “we need more Trump Republicans in the State Legislature.”
- Andahl — a rancher and land developer — served 16 years on a zoning and planning commission in North Dakota.
Andahl was infected with COVID-19 when North Dakota saw a COVID-19 spike in the fall. He died after four days in the hospital on Oct. 5, according to The Washington Post.
- “He has been a public servant for many years and was looking forward to the opportunity to serve in the state legislature,” his family said in a statement on his Facebook page. “We are sad that his wish will not come to pass.”
Why it matters:
The Washington Post said the race “marks an unusual overlap between two of the most consequential events in the United States this year: a pandemic that has killed at least 232,000 people in the United States and the unprecedented election season it upended in the process.”