David Andahl Wiki – David Andahl Biography
David Andahl was a Republican in North Dakota, he has won a seat in the state legislature — nearly a month after he died of complications from Covid-19.
Andahl was died on Oct. 5, after winning a heated primary with an incumbent committee chairman. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) had endorsed the Bismarck rancher, saying, “we need more Trump Republicans in the State Legislature.”
He was 55 years old.
David Andahl Dies Of COVID-19
According to the Associated Press, Andahl died due to complications from COVID-19 at the age of 55 in October. He had been sick and hospitalized with the disease.
Andahl and fellow District 8 House candidate Nehring won the Republicans endorsements and voters’ nominations to defeat one of North Dakota’s most powerful lawmakers, Rep. Jeff Delzer, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.
Andahl Wins Election
Yet results early on Wednesday morning showed that Andahl and another GOP candidate, Dave Nehring, had been elected for the two seats from North Dakota’s eighth district. Andahl took around 36 percent of the vote.
Andahl won his primary election weeks before falling sick and remained on the ballot even after his death because early voting was already well underway and the ballots could not be changed. According to local officials, around one-third of mail-in voters in District 8 had already returned ballots when Andahl died.
A statement issued earlier by North Dakota’s attorney general Wayne Stenehjem said: “Votes cast for a deceased Bismarck-area state legislative candidate should be counted, and if he’s elected it would create a vacancy to be filled.”
Mr. Stenehjem said votes for Andahl must be counted, citing “the American rule,” that votes for a deceased or disqualified candidate represents a choice by voters.
Now the job of finding Andahl’s replacement lies with the Republican party, which will assemble a committee for the purpose, although there may also be calls for a special election to be held.
North Dakota has recorded more than 47,000 coronavirus cases so far, and on Tuesday alone added 1,100 new infections.