The death of state Assemblyman William Nojay by suicide Friday did not prevent him from winning a Republican party primary Tuesday against Honeoye Falls Mayor Richard Milne.
If such a thing has ever happened in the Rochester area, it has been a long time at the least. Across the country, though, a dead person winning an election is unusual but by no means unprecedented.
Consider the scale: A 2012 report from the U.S. Census Bureau reported there are nearly 90,000 local governments in the nation, nearly all composed of elected members.
With that many candidates, it is inevitable that some will die after their names are printed on the ballot, and that some will be elected. Just in the last 20 years, it has happened a number of times, including in a vote for a U.S. senator.
There was even a case already in 2016. Kansas City Councilwoman Dutch Newman was re-elected to her seat Aug. 3, just a week after dying at age 95.
With the ongoing election just think for a moment about the fact Hillary is having health problems and will the democrats elect her if she passes? The troops have circled the wagons and been telling us how brave she has been working through her illness.