Ex-Nevada Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Wins Assembly Seat Despite Being Dead

He's not the first dead person to win an election.


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Voters in Nevada's Assembly District 36 must have really not liked the Democrat. That's one way to explain why Dennis Hof, a former brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month, still won in a landslide yesterday over Democrat Lesia Romanov.

Hof ran as a pro-Donald Trump Republican in a district that heavily supported the president in the 2016 election. The former brothel owner, who described himself as the "Trump of Pahrump" (a town in Nevada), was expected to win in the general election after upsetting incumbent Assemblyman James Oscarson. Then, hours after celebrating his 72nd birthday with a wide array of folks that included porn star Ron Jeremy and former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Hof was found dead at his Nye County Love Ranch brothel on October 17.

By the time he died, it was too late to put another Republican on the general election ballot. As a result, Nevada Republicans encouraged people to vote for him anyway. And as tragic as his death was, Hof campaign manager Chuck Muth previously indicated his boss's passing might actually help his electoral chances.

"There are a lot of Republicans who were uncomfortable voting for Dennis because of the nature of his business and they now know that he is not the one who will be serving," Muth told Reuters last month. "They will feel much more comfortable casting the ballot for him knowing there will be another Republican to replace him."

So who will end up representing Nevada's Assembly District 36? Right now that's not exactly clear, though it will most likely be a Republican. The Los Angeles Times reports that commissioners from the three counties included in the district will decide on a GOP replacement. Each commissioner will choose one candidate before meeting to decide on a final appointee. Nye County encompasses the largest swath of the district, so its commissioner will have the biggest say, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

While this sort of scenario is exceedingly rare, it's actually not the first time a dead man has won an election. In 2014, The Washington Post compiled a list of five people who were elected to Congress despite the fact that they were dead. In fact, there appear to be more examples of dead people winning elections than there are deceased folks losing elections where they were still on the ballot.

Who knows, maybe dying gives you an edge.

Bonus link: ReasonTV interviewed Hof back in 2014 on prostitution, libertarianism, and more. You can watch the exchange below:

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  1. Now if only we can elect corpses to every other elected office in the country…

    1. But how do we contact them in the afterlife, so that they can do their Government Almighty thing, now that they have been elected? HOW do we contact them on every little micro-managey (mangy?) thing; HOW are we going to know what to DO with our lives?

      I have been working on this contacting-the beyond- the-beyond thing, on our behalf, for issues like this. God is still hiding from me… I do NOT know WHERE to contact Him!

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      1. Well, lets see here.
        We hold the senate, which means MORE judges being appointed
        you picked up 6 seats in the house, which means MORE ineffective whining.
        And Trump is STILL president.

        Oh yeah, and some people would rather vote for a DEAD republican than a live dem.

        Sooooo, remind me about that blue wave again.

        1. Blue wave got the House… Just enough to shackle Der TrumpfenFuhrer, hopefully enough to prevent him from starting WW III.

          Blue wave did NOT get enough power to do much MORE than “ineffective whining” about, say, more socialism, to exceed the socialism approved by Der TrumpfenFuhrer… Who is now “protecting us” from those who would cut Social Security (true for some time now) AND those who would cut Obamacare some more! (New arrival in Trumpism).

          Just enough of a blue wave to cut back Der TrumpfenFuhrer; not enough to swamp the boat! Libertopia would be SHITLOADS better, but I call it a good day!

  2. So would, the girl on his immediate right.

    1. word. at least 2x.

    2. You can. All you need is a plane ticket to Nevada and a wad of cash.

  3. So would, the girl on his immediate right.

    1. The red head, eh. The blonde to his immediate left isn’t bad either.

      1. Or the blonde next to that blonde too.

        That’s about it, though

      2. >>>The red head

        all of them.

  4. This is fairly american.

    1. *single tear*

  5. Hahaha. Democrats lost to a dead guy. Hahaha

  6. Dead people have been voting for Democrats for decades, only seems fair they should be allowed to actually hold office as well. $20 says he is the most effective member of Assembly in Nevada history.

  7. Libertarian moment!

  8. Well, once you’re dead, “I wouldn’t vote for you if you were the last man on Earth” no longer applies.

  9. I’ll take the liberty of quoting an Iowahawk tweet: “Forget Libertarians, the Dead Pimps are the 3rd party that can actually win.”

    1. If only

  10. “He’s dead, Jism.”

  11. Meanwhile, I suspect John and Tony are on suicide watch.

    1. Tony is not even enjoying his Team’s possible win in the House.

      He is busy defending brotherfucker winning, Beto/Abrams/Gillum losing, and the Democrats lost more seats in the Senate.

      Evidently the Lefty narrative on these problems have not been issued, so he is all over the place in his comments.

  12. Ever a dead guy deserved victory on election day it is Hof.

  13. I’m torn between saying rest in peace and making dead-guy-wins jokes.

    1. “You can’t keep a good man down.”

      “Vote Hof – stiffer than ever!”

    2. A chick and pot for everyone.

  14. “Dead Republican pimp Dennis Hoff appears likely to win…”
    That’s the notification on my phone this morning from the supposedly unbiased Reno newspaper. The puritans are trying to outlaw the brothels in Nevada now. It’s not enough that the new governor has said “”When I’m governor, we’re gonna ban assault rifles, bump stocks, silencers.” Liberalism is on the run.

  15. Dead Mario Merola won as Bronx DA. The Times endorsed the corpse.

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  18. A dead politician can do less harm to his or her constituents than a living politician.

  19. “Who knows, maybe dying gives you an edge.”

    If you’re dead, you can’t get caught in the last weeks of the campaign saying something stupid or offensive in a live microphone gaffe.

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