A DEAD candidate has been elected to the the Texas state Senate in Wednesday’s US election, just weeks after he passed away.
Mario Gallegos posthumously beat a Republican challenger on Wednesday after his friends and family continued to campaign on his behalf after his death last month.
His widow, Theresa Gallegos spoke to website Click2Houston after the victory, emphasising the win was very important to her.
“It’s been very bittersweet the last couple of weeks, the loss of my husband and all the people coming out to support him”.
She said that her family worked together until the last vote was counted to ensure a victory.
Ms Gallegos said that before her husband died, he had asked her to keep his legacy alive by keeping the district in the hands of a Democrat. She added he had even pre-selected candidate Carol Alvardo to run in a special election after his death.
Ms Alvardo said: “I think everything with Mario was out of the norm, in the way he was an activist for his community and the way he fought on so many issues, so many battles, which is why the people of this district came out to support him,”
Mr Gallegos was first elected to the state senate in 1994.
Texas Governor Rick Perry will now have 20 days to call for a special election.