Two Dead Candidates Win Elections

By Jack Phillips
Epoch Times Staff
Created: November 7, 2012 Last Updated: November 16, 2012
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Two dead candidates in Florida and Alabama won elections. Neither will take office and other officials will take their spots.

Floridia’s Orange County tax collector Earl K. Wood, a Democrat who died in October at the age of 96 after spending nearly five decades in office, won the election on Nov. 6, reported Reuters. His name remained on the ballot and won 56 percent of the vote.

Outgoing Florida state legislator Scott Randolph, a Democrat, was selected to receive votes after Wood died.

“He had that characteristic all politicians want,” Wood’s friend Steven Bechtel told the Orlando Sentinel. “He was likable.”

Alabama Republican Charles Beasley, who was seeking re-election for Bibb County Commission, also died in October of an aneurysm but won Tuesday’s vote, according to the news agency.

His opponent, Walter Sansing, said, “It is a touchy situation. When you are running against a dead man, you are limited as to what you can say.”

The governor of Alabama will select a replacement for Beasley.

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