According to unofficial results, a congressional candidate who passed away in early October received nearly 11,000 votes in the general election.
Paula Overby, the candidate for the Legal Marijuana Now Party in Minnesota’s Second District, passed away on October 5. Early voting began on September 23.
It is anticipated that Democratic Rep. Angie Craig will win re-election in the district:
- Legal Marijuana Now Paula M. Overby — 10,730
- Republican Tyler Kistner — 148,578
- Democratic-Farmer-Labor Angie Craig — 165,581
- WRITE-IN — 585
Overby’s passing was the second time in two election cycles that a candidate for Legal Marijuana Now in the Second District had died.
In 2020, weeks before the November election, candidate Adam Weeks passed away, sparking a court struggle over whether the election should be postponed. The election should have been postponed by state legislation.
However, a federal court determined that the election must proceed as planned on November 3. According to the court, the Minnesota legislation regulating vacancies is preempted by federal law and cannot be applied to a contest for the United States Congress.
The same judgment applies to the election of 2022.
Tyler, the candidate’s son, recently informed Minnesota Public Radio that Overby was hospitalized for a heart valve issue.