November 3rd, 2010
03:02 PM ET
11 years ago

Deceased candidate wins state Senate seat in California

(CNN) - Democrat Jenny Oropeza won re-election as a state senator in California, but the implications of her victory Tuesday won't be known for some time.

Oropeza, 53, died two weeks before the election from a blood clot after battling cancer. But the incumbent remained on the ballot, winning by a decent margin - 58 percent to 36 percent over Republican John Stammreich.


Filed under: 2010 • California
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. keepstufingthis

    But the union had already made up the ballots and stuffed the boxes and they have never been able to let a good theft go to waste.

    November 3, 2010 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. Jonathan

    @doug not as hopeless aa the mindless Republicans who believe every lie they are fed.

    November 3, 2010 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  3. November 2, 2010 - The Day Progressive Socialism was STOPPED! Rollback to continue in 2012!!

    Is this another DemocRAT trick being played on voters? How the heck can this be legal and legitimate??!! Voters should NEVER have been allowed for a person known to be dead. This election should be given to the second place finisher.

    November 3, 2010 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  4. Lori in St Pete

    When the rethugliban accuse the dems of doing something that means they, themselves are doing just that. It's called projection, doug. And when you point your finger and make such inane claims as the one you made at 3:12, there's 3 million pointing back at you. Anyone who has spent more than about a minute on these message threads has read at least one of your hateful diatribes.

    November 3, 2010 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. Lori in St Pete

    And really doug, on a message thread attached to a story about a woman who lost her battle with cancer. Stay classy dougie.

    November 3, 2010 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  6. Charlie from the North

    And she would still do a better job than the Tea Pardiots.

    November 3, 2010 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  7. Augsbee

    Talk about people not taking voting seriously, how can people be so irresponsible as to vote for a person that has passed away and how discusting that some people actually would see this as a political strategy move to have a special election down the road.

    November 3, 2010 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  8. restore sanity

    this is such an awkward situation, im really curious to see whats going to happen and i love how this thread shows how republicans are just Sheeple following every word the Tea Party says

    November 3, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. jay1975

    So this either illustrates how dumb Democrats are or how blindly partisan they are. This also happened for a dead Democrat in NC in 2006, another dead Dem last night in PA and a dead Dem in MO in 2000. A simple internet search for "dead candiadate wins election" shows how bright the Dems are, they don't even know when thier candidate has passed. If they don't even know if the person they are voting for is alive, how do they even know what the issues are?

    November 3, 2010 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. jay1975

    And Sniffit, you just illustrated Doug's point...way to go.

    November 3, 2010 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  11. Bob

    Augsbee: the answer to your question is easy: even a cadaver is a better choice than a republican.....

    November 3, 2010 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
  12. Gale

    Hey Doug and Lori in St Pete, have you ever red any of the hateful, degrading, vulgar remarks made on this same page that Democrats say about Sarah Palin? It's O.K. for the Dems to do it, but not Republicans, huh?

    November 3, 2010 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  13. Orlando R

    Lol and the republicans play tricks and surpressed Dem votes....ya u guys did that in 2000 and 2004. Funny. Hypocrites. If a republican candidate died and was still on the ballot, u guys would still vote for him too. So dont lie. Since a democrat won tha seat, a democrat should be appointed to that seat. The people spoke and they dont want no GOPer representing them. Alright

    November 3, 2010 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  14. Ron

    Honestly, what this really means is 56% of people would rather have a DEAD person representing them, then a REPUBLICAN. Make it 56.00001%... I'm in.!

    November 3, 2010 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  15. T-Pat

    Everyone talking about "tricks," good lord you are all thick headed, and this article proves it. People don't vote for people, they vote for parties, even if they have no idea what their candidate (or maybe party) stands for. Hell apparently some don't realize who they are voting for is dead.

    November 3, 2010 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  16. Mike D

    Sniffit has always lacked couth.

    November 3, 2010 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  17. diridi

    deceased is for GOP win for about that?????

    November 3, 2010 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
  18. Curt

    I'm sure she will be just as effective as any other democrat.

    November 3, 2010 05:02 pm at 5:02 pm |