Dead Brothel Owner Wins Local Nevada Election Running as a Republican

Dennis Hof

When Hof died, it was already too late to remove his name from the ballot, and ballots had already been printed and mailed.

The Love Ranch brothel that Hof owned became notorious as the place where former Laker Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015.

Dennis Hof, who ran as a Republican, defeated Democrat Lesia Romanov on Tuesday in the race for the state's 36th Assembly District, a heavily Republican district.

In June, Mr Hof won the nomination contest for a Republican state assembly seat, supported by Trump associates Roger Stone and Grover Norquist and evangelical Christians who said they voted for him because they believed he would clean up politics.

His campaign manager actually seemed to admit at one stage that Hof's death might have improved his voting performance.

Hof died at his Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada, on October 16 shortly after having sex with prostitute Dasha Dare.

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Nevada's 36th Assembly District sits in the southern portion of the state, and includes portions of Nye, Lincoln and of Clark counties.

Hof was accused of sexual assault at least four times, most recently in September. He continued the festivities at his brothel with reality television personality Flavor Flav and porn-film actor Ron Jeremy, who found Hof dead the next morning. He had nicknamed himself the "Trump from Pahrump", after the town where he lived in Nevada.

Initial estimates suggested the deceased Hof won almost 70% of the vote.

A couple of weeks ago I was with a friend from Nevada who told me that a dead brothel owner was favored to be elected to the Nevada legislature.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, Hof had been running as a pro-Donald Trump Republican candidate.

The thrice-divorced author of "The Art of the Pimp", who appeared on HBO's "Cathouse", owned a strip club and five legal brothels in Nevada, the only USA state with legalized prostitution.

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