'Dead' Texas senator defeats Republican challenger
A Democrat senator has reportedly defeated his Republican challenger during elections in Texas even though he died weeks ago.
Mario Gallegos posthumously beat Republican challenger R.W Bray 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," News.com.au quoted her, as saying.
Theresa 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.
"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," Alvardo said.
According to the report, Gallegos was first elected to the state senate in 1994.