Published: Thu, November 08, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Ex-Nevada Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Wins Assembly Seat Despite Being Dead

Ex-Nevada Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Wins Assembly Seat Despite Being Dead

According to the Huffington Post, Hof died unexpectedly in mid-October, but his name wasn't scratched off the ballot under Nevada law.

Brothels operate legally in seven rural Nevada counties.

Dennis Hof, owner of the Nevada Love Ranch brothel, won the race for Nevada's 36th Assembly District, despite dying a month ago while celebrating his 72nd birthday.

Dennis Hof, 72, defeated Democratic candidate and educator Lesia Romanov in the race for Nevada's 36th Assembly District, earning about 68 percent of the vote.

Hof's campaign manager Chuck Muth told Reuters that people who voted for him knew he would be replaced with another Republican by party officials. Officials have not yet released a cause of death, but they do not think it was the result of foul play. A Republican will be tapped to serve in his place.

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Muth also stated the election day was "bittersweet". He had spent the four previous days partying with notables from the adult film industry and political world, like Jeremy and Joe Arpaio, the former Arizona sheriff who was convicted of criminal contempt of court but pardoned by Trump.

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 USA magazine The New Yorker. Odom entered a coma but survived.

In a June interview from one of his brothels, Hof said his political fortunes had parallels with those of U.S. President Donald Trump.

Though Republican leaders in Nye County - where Hof was running - supported him, Nevada's top Republicans did not, according to the newspaper.

The former brothel owner, who described himself as the "Trump of Pahrump" (a town in Nevada), was expected to win in the general election after upsetting incumbent Assemblyman James Oscarson.

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