Last week’s mid term elections were not exactly great news for the Democrats but one state appears to have bucked the trend. California saw the re-election of veteran politician Jerry Brown as well as small advances in the state senate.
For me anyway, one result was rather curious: the electors of Long Beach voted en masse for Democrat Jenny Oropeza (left) who beat her Republican opponent 58.4% to 35.7%
This is despite the fact that Sen. Oropeza, had died on 20 October…. A special election will be required.
This sort of thing is not unknown. The odious and erstwhile Attorney General John Ashcroft was defeated in 2000 by Mel Carnahan who had been killed in a plane crash.
What I don’t understand is why these election went ahead when it was clear that one of the candidates was clearly unfit to discharge their duties if elected (or perhaps not: Strom Thurmond is believed to have died in 1983 but still served for many years).
Here if a candidate dies the constituency election is suspended (as happened in Thirsk and Malton this year) until the party whose candidate has died selects another one. It just seems odd that the in the US the election still goes ahead