Tennesseeans weren’t the only ones to elect a dead Democrat Tuesday night.
The longest-serving Pennsylvania state representative, who died last month, was reelected on Election Day.
Democrat Anthony “Tony” DeLuca died at the age of 85 on Oct. 9 after a battle with lymphoma, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
“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 tweet.
DeLuca post-humously defeated Green Party challenger Queonia “Zarah” Livingston Tuesday.
Reporter Charlie Wolfson commented on the absurd situation.
“Some folks commenting that the voters here were oblivious. Some certainly were. But for others, they likely preferred the idea of a special election over electing the third-party candidate on the ballot,” Wolfson tweeted.
“We’ve got three special elections coming our way in Allegheny Co, all of them safe Dem seats. Summer Lee will resign to join Congress, Austin Davis will resign to become lt. gov., and the DeLuca seat,” he added. “Reminder: Candidates are nominated by party committees, not by primaries.”
Memphis also reelected a deceased Democrat.