Pennsylvania voters had such a poor showing of candidates that a wide majority re-elected the longest-serving member of the state House, despite his death in October.
Tony DeLuca died last month after a long battle with lymphoma but voters overwhelmingly supported the 85-year-old “Uncle Tony” over his opponent Queonia “Zarah” Livingston. The Democrat took 85 percent of the vote, compared to the Green Party’s measly 14 percent.
Election officials were unable to remove the 40-year veteran from the ballot before election day and voters will now return for a special election to fill the seat in the 32nd District at a later date.
“For more than 20 years, [DeLuca] served as the minority chairman on the House Insurance Committee and was passionate about improving accountability measures for medical professionals,” the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. “He had four children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his late wife Connie, to whom he was married for 66 years, prior to her diagnosis and death from breast cancer.”
In the Democratic Party, the dead don’t only vote, they get re-elected
— Bob Germanovich (@BobGermanovich) November 9, 2022
I’m sure he voted for himself, too!
— usarmy.e7vet (@UE7vet) November 9, 2022
Embarrassing for the constituents that voted for him.. shows how dumb Dem voters are.
— Naughtross (@knaught) November 9, 2022
Democrats took the win, despite the laughable circumstances, bragging “we are proud to see the voters to continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously.”
While we’re incredibly saddened by the loss of Representative Tony DeLuca, we are proud to see the voters to continue to show their confidence in him and his commitment to Democratic values by re-electing him posthumously. A special election will follow soon. pic.twitter.com/CfLnSCuvK9
— PA House Dems (@PAHDCC) November 9, 2022
Twitter users took advantage of the absurdity, using DeLuca’s success to explain Democrat John Fetterman’s win over TV personality and former President Donald Trump-endorsed Dr. Mehmet Oz for U.S. Senate.
Explains FETTERMAN’S win🙄
— deborah green (@NewaiGreen) November 9, 2022
Fetterman and Oz ran a contentious race, but the lieutenant governor barelypulled it out in the end with 50.4 percent of the vote despite suffering a major stroke six months ago.
This makes you proud??
Voted for a dead guy, voted for a guy who can’t complete a sentence…
Pennsylvania, pull your head out!! pic.twitter.com/Aqh4GTex2Z
— Lisa Hill (@hillplus) November 9, 2022
Pennsylvania will Elect both dead and severely cognitively impaired as long as they are Democrats
If this doesn’t prove that it’s party, not ability, not a candidate’s platform, or either if a candidate can breathe to get elected in Pennsylvania
Just need to run as a Democrat.
— Jim Kennedy (@JimKennedyFFL) November 9, 2022
Addressing a crowd of supporters after 1 a.m. Wednesday morning, Fetterman celebrated his victory with an incoherent speech in front of supporters.
“We jammed them up,” he rambled, before claiming “I never expected that we were gonna turn these red counties blue, but we did what we needed to do and we had that conversation.”
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