Pennsylvania voters just elected a man who can’t serve as their state representative. I’m Amy E. Feldman.
As the dust finally settles on some election surprises across the country, it was the reelection of a candidate from Pittsburgh for the Pennsylvania House of Representatives whose victory stunned even his supporters, since Tony DeLuca, who had represented his district for 39 years, won another term despite the fact he died a month ago. Can you imagine how the guy who lost to him felt?
It’s not the first time voters have decided they’d prefer a dead guy to the live one left standing. So, what does the law say about what happens now? Well, had he won an election for the US Congress, the Constitution says the governor would appoint someone to complete the term or hold office until a special election could take place. Since he won for the state House of Representatives, Pennsylvania law says the seat will remain open until there’s a special election to find someone voters like more than no one at all.