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January 1, Pennsylvania Voters Reelect Lawmaker Who Died in October



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Pennsylvania state Rep. Tony DeLuca (D) won re-election in the Keystone State’s 32nd District — a remarkable feat considering he died last month.

DeLuca, 85, passed away on Oct. 9 from lymphoma. He was the longest-serving member is the state House of Representatives, with a tenure of 39 years.

That did not stop Pennsylvanians from voting for him, however. In fact, the late lawmaker dominated his Green Party challenger, Queonia “Zarah” Livingston, by more than 70 percentage points. DeLuca won 86% of the vote to Livingston’s 14%.

Despite DeLuca’s passing, it was too late to change the ballots or select a different candidate to run for the seat.

Pennsylvania Democrats celebrated the victory as a tribute to DeLuca’s legacy.

“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,” the Pennsylvania House Democrats said in a statement.

While it is certainly possible that some voters did not realize that DeLuca had passed away, it is also likely that many decided to vote for him over the far-left Livingston, knowing that his posthumous victory would trigger a special election to fill the seat.

DeLuca’s “seat will be filled by a special election, likely in early spring,” Pennsylvania House Democrats press secretary Nicole Reigelman told WTAE.

Sources: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette | WTAE | New York Times



  1. jboo7

    November 10, 2022 at 6:26 am

    Well then, Republican friends, get on your horse AND RIDE INTO THAT EMPTY CORRAL!

    • bill

      November 10, 2022 at 7:56 am

      Demonstrates that fact that early voting can bring out results. Or maybe it was just dems stacking the deck as usual.

      • Bill

        November 10, 2022 at 10:55 am

        My bet is many of his votes came from rabid partisan voters that just vote for the “D” with no regard for or knowledge of the person . i.e. They did not even know they voted for a dead person. I personally know that ilk. Those that do not even know the names of those they vote for. Disgusting to say the very least. Many died for their right to vote and they squander the privilege by their cavalier actions.

  2. John J

    November 10, 2022 at 7:22 am

    The voters will get the same representation they got before

  3. Woodrow Short

    November 10, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    This just shows how corrupt the democrat party is. Rotten to the core. And how stupid the voters are. They don’t do their homework on who is running and who is dead.

  4. Rohn Breig

    November 11, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    Absolutely corrupt! How dare they put the incumbent on the ticket when he was that old and close to death. Clearly something diabolical was afoot. To your second point, please don’t start educating the voters or enlighten them on how to check on the candidates. If you do, then nobody will get elected. Big mistake, remember: “sell the sizzle, not the steak”

  5. Don Baker

    November 12, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    FINALLY the democrats elect someone who will not lie to them on a daily basis

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