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Voters in Nevada elected a dead Republican brothel owner over a living Democrat

In case you needed any more proof that many people still vote based solely on the letter–D or R–next to a candidate’s name, a Nevada brothel owner was elected to the state legislature last night.

Republican Dennis Hof defeated his Democratic opponent Lesia Romanov in Nevada’s deep red Assembly District 36, a place where Donald Trump won 68% of the vote in 2016.

It’s quite an amazing feat given the fact that Hof, a self-identifying “Trump Republican”, died last month after going on a bender on his 72nd birthday.

The Hill reports:

The Nevada Republican died on Oct. 16 at the age of 72 following a weekend of parties to celebrate his birthday. No foul play is suspected but it could be several weeks before there is an official cause of death.

Best known for owning seven legally-run brothels in the state of Nevada, Hof also previously starred in the HBO show “Cathouse.”

Hof’s name still appeared on the ballot because it was too late to change the ones that had already been printed and mailed before Election Day.

“It will be another footnote in Nevada history,” says Eric Herzik, chair of the political science department at the University of Nevada, Reno. “We voted for a dead man.”

So what happens now?

Well, Nevada state law says that if a dead person is elected to public office, county officials get to nominate a living replacement to fill the seat.

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