The results of the elections for U.S. President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden are still being announced, but Tuesday’s more bizarre change may not be known to many U.S. voters,media BGR reported. David Andahl, the Republican candidate for north Dakota’s state legislature, won the race on Tuesday. However, Andahl died of COVID-19 about a month ago.
North Dakota’s new crown outbreak has rebounded sharply in recent days, worryingly, with the latest data showing that there have been more than 47,000 confirmed cases in North Dakota so far. In addition, north Dakota added about 1,100 new cases on Election Day alone.
Andahl was one of two Republican candidates elected Tuesday night to represent North Dakota’s 8th Congressional District, which is actually represented by two members of Congress rather than one. Andahl received about 36 percent of the vote, although the 55-year-old died of COVID-19 in early October, days after being hospitalized for a virus infection.
Andahl’s mother, Pat, told The Bismarck Times that her son was eager to win the election and had been trying to take the right precautions “very carefully” because of the outbreak. He has deep feelings for his county… To do things better, his heart is in agriculture. He wants things to get better for farmers and the coal industry. “
As BGR reported a few days ago, North Dakota is one of the states with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, based on the number of cases per 100,000 people. Paul Carson, an infectious disease expert at North Dakota State University, told Vox that he believes the state’s low numbers earlier this year put people in a “sense of complacency” and led people there to believe that COVID is mostly a problem elsewhere in the United States.
North and South Dakota have hosted large, potential “super-spreader” events, such as a large National Day rally hosted by U.S. President Donald Trump in Mount Rushmore, South Dakota. Despite warnings from public health officials to try to discourage such gatherings, it attracted thousands of people.