In Pennsylvania, Democrat Tony DeLuca, who died last month of lymphoma, was reelected over Green Party challenger Queonia “Zarah” Livingston. Election officials claimed that because his death occurred so close to the election, they could not change the ballots in time. Now, a special election must be held to choose a proper candidate to take his seat.
“While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters to continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously. A special election will follow soon,” Pennsylvania House Democrats said in a statement.
Livingston ran a campaign far to the Left of DeLuca, listing her main priorities as “environmental justice,” “ending the war on drugs” and “reducing gun violence.”
In Tennessee, voters elected state Rep. Barbara Ward, who died in October. Her funeral was held on Nov. 5.
She won 73% of the vote, while her Republican challenger Michael Porter won 27%.
“Memphis elected a deceased Democrat to the Tennessee state house. The Bluff City prefers dead Democrats over live Republicans,” said conservative talkshow host Todd Starnes.
Memphis elected a deceased Democrat to the Tennessee state house. The Bluff City prefers dead Democrats over live Republicans.
— toddstarnes (@toddstarnes) November 9, 2022
Shelby County plans to declare the seat vacant and will begin to consider a replacement for Ward in the next several weeks.
Tuesday night’s election results in Pennsylvania were largely a disappointment, with GOP gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano losing handily to Democrat Josh Shapiro, and Democrat Senate candidate John Fetterman beating Republican Mehmet Oz.
Some Twitter users joked that Pennsylvania voters elected not just one, but two dead people, citing Fetterman’s serious mental incapacitation following a stroke he suffered earlier this year.
Seriously Pennsylvania you elected a vegetable and an actual dead guy yesterday 🤣🤣🤣
Can't make this shit up if you tried pic.twitter.com/Z3mJUTFylQ
— Vince Langman (@LangmanVince) November 9, 2022
In Tennessee, Republican Gov. Bill Lee cruised to victory over Democrat opponent Jason Martin.