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Democrat Who Died Last Month Reelected In Pennsylvania

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A Pennsylvania Democrat who died earlier this year has been reelected to his position as a state representative.

Democrat Tony Deluca, “the longest-serving member of the state House of Representatives, died last month at age 85 from lymphoma. It was too late to change the election ballots or change the candidate running for the 32nd District,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. “DeLuca won his seat in the 32nd District, triggering a special election to fill that seat at a later date, in one of the first state House races called Tuesday night by the Associated Press.”

“AP calls HD32 race for Tony DeLuca. DeLuca died in October, and there will be a special election to fill this seat,” Public Source reporter Charlie Wolfson wrote on Twitter. “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.”

“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 wrote on Twitter.

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