Elections officials have revealed that Republican Dennis Hof, who died in October, won a seat in Nevada’s State Assembly. The brothel owner and anti-establishment candidate bagged 53 percent of the vote in Clark County, beating Democrat school administrator and political newcomer Lesia Romanov with her 47 percent.
Hof had attempted to mould his political image on that of President Donald Trump, often referring to himself as "Trump from Pahrump" after his hometown in Nevada, according to reports. The brothel owner, who ran an anti-establishment campaign, got into the crucial race after winning the primary.
However, he was not destined to see his political triumph. This October, Hof was found dead at Love Ranch, one of his legal brothels, after his 72nd birthday party, which featured guests such as legendary porn star Ron Jeremy and potential Republican Senate candidate Joe Arpaio.
However, his name remained on the ballot in accordance with Nevada’s legislation, as the deadline for changing the roster had passed. Despite the paradoxical outcome, there are procedures in place to ensure that when Hof’s posthumous victory is confirmed, local county commissioners may appoint another Republican to fill his seat.
This set the expectations of Hof's campaign manager Chuck Muth high; he suggested voters would still opt for the deceased Republican ahead of the General Elections.
"They will feel much more comfortable casting the ballot for him, knowing there will be another Republican to replace him," he said shortly after the pimp’s passing.
Some mocked the US election system.
America, land of the free and home of the brave, a bastion of opportunity, where even a… [checks notes]… dead pimp can win election. https://t.co/C8EoTdklLt— Barry Malone (@malonebarry) 7 ноября 2018 г.
Deceased brothel owner Dennis Hof has comfortably won election to the Nevada state assembly. America, truly the land of opportunity— Michael Tracey (@mtracey) 7 ноября 2018 г.
Others suggested it’s “Only in Nevada” meme.
I usually avoid political posts, but this "Only in Nevada" news is too good to not report: famous brothel owner Dennis Hof was elected to Nevada State Assembly today…but that's not the interesting part…Hof died 3 weeks ago (before early voting started) but won in a landslide! pic.twitter.com/siWtME1NIR— Dave Tuley (@ViewFromVegas) 7 ноября 2018 г.
THIS is the same Dennis Hof that died a few weeks ago? The one that ran a brothel?? Nevada is weird. lol— GF (@gfLaughsAlot) 7 ноября 2018 г.
It’s projected that rural Nevada elected Dennis Hof to the state assembly, a dead brothel owner who died after a night of hookers and blow, who was found by his best friend Ron Jermery the porn start wtf Nevada— Laurents Banuelos (@laurentsb113) 7 ноября 2018 г.
Others took aim at the conservative voters.
Dennis Hof overwhelmingly won a Nevada State Assembly race. Conservatives would rather vote for a dead pimp than a Democrat. You can't even parody right-wing America at this point. They are killing political comedy.— Adam Best (@adamcbest) 7 ноября 2018 г.
Wild that people voted for Dennis Hof pic.twitter.com/MbJE3Fem81— christina (@NevadaTin) 7 ноября 2018 г.
How nuts can Republicans get? In NY they re-elect a corrupt upstate fool who will be going to trial and could be in jail soon. In Nevada, they elected a DEAD PIMP. Yes, everyone knew Dennis Hof was dead, but hell, conservative hypocrites love a whoremaster, whether Hof or Trump. pic.twitter.com/TQw8XcsQtt— Ronald L. Smith (@smithronaldl) 7 ноября 2018 г.