Candidate Dies Of Covid Before Election, Wins

David Andahl and another Republican won the two seats for state representatives from North Dakota’s eighth district. | David Andahl/Facebook

GOP state legislature candidate in North Dakota who died of Covid wins election | 

Nov 4, 2020 |

Politico – A Republican in North Dakota has won a seat in the state legislature — nearly a month after he died of complications from Covid-19.

David Andahl was 55 when he died on Oct. 5, after winning a heated primary with an incumbent committee chairman. Sen. Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) had endorsed the Bismarck rancher, saying, “we need more Trump Republicans in the State Legislature.”

Democrats nationwide had gone into Election Day believing that the White House’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic would hurt Republican chances at the ballot boxes, only to be stunned when the projected “blue wave” never materialized.

North Dakota has seen a dramatic surge in cases over the last month — it now leads the country in the number of new cases per 100,000 people, according to the COVID Tracking Project.

Andahl and another Republican won the two seats for state representatives from North Dakota’s eighth district, with Andahl taking nearly 36 percent of the vote.

Oct 6, 2020

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A North Dakota state legislative candidate who won the June primary over the longtime incumbent and target of Gov. Doug Burgum has died due to complications from COVID-19, his mother said Tuesday.

David Andahl, 55, died Monday. His mother, Pat Andahl, told The Bismarck Tribune that her son had been hospitalized with the coronavirus disease and died after being sick for about four days.

Pat Andahl said her son had been “very careful” about the pandemic and was passionate about the idea of serving in government.

“He had a lot of feelings for his county … and wanting to make things better, and his heart was in farming. He wanted things better for farmers and the coal industry,” she said.

Andahl and fellow District 8 House candidate Dave Nehring won the Republicans endorsements and voters’ nominations to defeat one of North Dakota’s most powerful lawmakers, Rep. Jeff Delzer, chairman of the House Appropriations Committee.

The June primary drew the attention of Burgum, a Republican, who gave more than $1.8 million to a political action committee that successfully targeted Delzer’s seat.

Delzer did not advance to the Nov. 3 general election, and he told the Bismarck Tribune that he thought the governor’s influence in the race wasn’t right.

Before the 2019 Legislature convened, Delzer led a rule change that shifted how lawmakers considered Burgum’s proposals. Burgum later said he felt his executive budget had been “tossed in the garbage.”

Sen. Howard Anderson Jr., R-Turtle Lake, is running unopposed for District 8′s Senate seat. District 8 covers a swath of the state east and north of Bismarck.

North Dakota health officials on Tuesday reported 503 new cases of COVID-19, three more coronavirus-related deaths and another increase in hospitalizations, which have now topped 100 for six straight days.

There have been 739.1 new cases per 100,000 people in North Dakota over the past two weeks, which ranks first in the country for new cases per capita, according to the COVID Tracking Project. North Dakota has confirmed 24,464 virus cases since the start of the pandemic. Source. 

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