US candidate wins seat in election – despite dying of coronavirus a month before

A Republican candidate in the US who died a month ago from coronavirus still won a seat on a state legislature – despite the vote being held after his death.

David Andahl, 55, died on October 5 after being diagnosed with Covid-19.

But the ballots could not be changed because early voting was already under way.

Mr Andah ended up winning the seat on the North Dakota House of Representatives, MirrorOnline reports.

He became infected and went to hospital during his campaign drive to be elected in the state's Bismark area.

The district chooses two representatives and he took 35% of the vote, winning alongside fellow District 8 House candidate Dave Nehring.

They defeated standing representative Jeff Delzer, chairman of the House of Appropriations Committee.

Secretary of State Al Jaeger had said there was "no way to remove" Mr Andahl from the ballot.

His grieving parents, Pat and Ron Andahl, confirmed he had died after a brief battle with Covid-19.

In a statement, they said he had been cautious of the disease due to multiple underlying health issues.

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But he had been looking forward to serving in the state legislature, they added.

They said: "We are sad that his wish will not come to pass.

"David was a kind, caring man whose greatest joy was helping others.

"He has been a public servant for many years and was looking forward to the opportunity to serve in the state legislature."

Shortly before he died, Mr Andahl wrote on Facebook : "I listened to my constituents and worked collaboratively with my colleagues to find solutions.

"I will bring this same approach to the legislature, representing your concerns in District 8.

“I appreciate your support!"

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