A candidate for Congress in Minnesota’s heavily fought 2nd Congressional District has passed away.
The 68-year-old candidate for Legal Marijuana Now, Paula Overby, passed away on Wednesday, according to Minnesota Public Radio.
Since 2014, Overby has made repeated unsuccessful efforts to win an election. According to Axios, Overby was the first openly transgender people to seek a congressional seat when he entered politics.
According to a statement released by Secretary of State Steve Simon, Overby will stay on the ballot despite a state statute requiring a postponement of the election when a candidate dies so close to election day.
“In 2021, a federal district court ruled that Minnesota’s statute governing vacancies in nomination is preempted by federal law and does not apply to a race for U.S. Congress. In the absence of any other court order, the Nov. 8, 2022, ballots will remain as printed, and the Congressional District 2 election will proceed as scheduled on Nov. 8, 2022,” the statement said.
According to MPR, Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican National Committee, has labeled the 2nd District battle the second most costly House contest in the country.
Overby’s passing might have an effect on the race.
Even though Overby got only 8 percent of the vote in 2016, her votes might be decisive in the race between Democratic Representative Angie Craig and Republican opponent Tyler Kistner.
Axios said that in 2020, when the Legal Marijuana Now candidate died just before the election, he or she earned 6% of the vote.
In that election, Craig earned 48.2% of the vote against Kistner’s 45.9%, with less than 10,000 votes separating them.
MPR claimed that Tyler Overby stated the candidate was hospitalized for two weeks due to a heart valve condition. It was anticipated that Paula Overby would recover, he added.
Long-time third party candidate Paula Overby died at age 68. She is the second candidate from the Legal Marijuana Now Party to die while running for Minnesota's #CD2 in recent years.
Secretary of State's office says election there will proceed as planned. https://t.co/ohv6QQRCv6
— Jessie Van Berkel (@jessvanb) October 5, 2022
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Both candidates issued statements on Overby’s passing.
“This is a very sad day for Minnesota’s Second District,” Kistner said in a statement. “Paula Overby cared deeply about our state.” CONTINUE READING…