Voters in a rural, overwhelmingly Republican district of Nevada have opted to elect a dead man accused of rape rather than a Democrat to the state’s legislature.
Republican Dennis Hof, the owner of several brothels who was found dead last month, received the support of more than 17,000 people – 63 per cent of the vote – in his district’s race for State Assembly on Tuesday, according to unofficial results posted on Nevada’s election website.
If Hof is declared the victor in his district, the seat will be declared vacant and a replacement will be appointed by three commissioners of the district’s three counties, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Hof’s campaign for District 36 – composed of Nye, Lincoln and Clark Counties – was marked by publicity stunts and billboard advertising that broadcast his pledges of repealing taxes and protecting gun rights, according to the US magazine The New Yorker.
Hof, the self-described “Trump of Pahrump,” was accused of rape and sexual assault by two of his former employees, according to the Review-Journal, citing a police report and interviews with the women.
Hof denied the claims.
Hof died at his Love Ranch brothel on October 16. The evening prior, he celebrated his 72nd birthday with a political rally at a hotel and casino called the Pahrump Nugget, according to The New Yorker. He continued the festivities at his brothel with reality television personality Flavor Flav and porn-film actor Ron Jeremy, who found Hof dead the next morning.
Hof died in the same Love Ranch suite where Lamar Odom, the former NBA player and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, overdosed in October 2015, the New Yorker report said. Odom entered a coma but survived.