The Four Candidates Who Died Before Election Day -- And Won

A total of six candidates who died while campaigning appeared on the ballots in Tuesday's midterm elections. Four of them won their races.

All of the deceased candidates' deaths occurred too close to election day for their names to be removed from the ballots.

--Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-CA) won re-election with 59% of the vote, despite having passed away two weeks earlier from cancer-related complications. After her death, local Democrats urged supporters to still vote for Oropeza in a mailer that did not mention her passing. Unsurprisingly, the GOP is calling foul on that move. A special election will likely be held next month.

--Republican Arkansas legislature candidate Keith Crass, who died less than a week before the election, won with 56% of the vote. A special election will be held.

--In Missouri, Worth County presiding commissioner candidate Keith Austin, who passed away two weeks ago, beat two write-in candidates. The governor is expected to appoint someone to fill the seat.

--Mississippi chancery judge candidate James H.C. Thomas, who was running unopposed, managed to get 8,000 votes after dying in October. The governor will likely appoint someone to fill that seat as well.

The two dead candidates who lost their races are Jorge Luis Garcia, who was running for a spot on the Arizona Corporation Commission, and Dennis Glotfelty, who ran in a Maryland commissioners' race.

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at November 4, 2010, 5:02am

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