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Dead Nevada brothel owner wins U.S. election

07 November 2018

Dennis Hof, who fashioned himself as a Donald Trump-style candidate, defeated Democratic educator Lesia Romanov in the race for Nevada's 36th Assembly District, The Associated Press reports.

Hof, 72, was found dead by porn actor Ron Jeremy on October 16 at the Love Ranch, one of the brothels Hof owned in Nevada. The cause of death is not yet known.

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 US state with legalized prostitution.

He remained on the ballot due to state law and GOP officials encouraged voters to still cast their ballots for him in order to stop Democrats winning the seat.

The HBO reality show Cathouse focused on the daily happenings at Hof's Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legally owned and operated brothel.

The brothel where his body was found is where National Basketball Association player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015.

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Bonus link: ReasonTV interviewed Hof back in 2014 on prostitution, libertarianism, and more. About 20 brothels operate in Nevada in mostly rural areas. This summer, he ousted an incumbent Republican lawmaker in a primary election, celebrating at an election night party with "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss. They're banned in counties that contain Las Vegas and Reno, and the state does not publicize how many are open.

He said an anti-brothel push and regulatory problems he faced this year needed political retribution. Most owners keep a lower profile than Hof did.

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.

Steve Marcus/REUTERS/NewscomVoters in Nevada's Assembly District 36 must have really not liked the Democrat.

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

Dead Nevada brothel owner wins U.S. election