Dead Candidates Win This Election
Both men had died weeks before the November 6 election yet managed to defeated their very much alive opponents by large margains! Wood had died on October 15 at age 96, during his campaign for a 12th term as Orange County Tax Collector in Orlando. He won 56 percent of the vote.
Beasley,77, died on October 12, possibly due to an aneurysm,while trying to reclaim his old seat on the Bibb County Commission in Alabama. He received 52 percent of the vote. His democrat opponent, incumbent Commissioner Walter Sansing, took the loss especially hard.He blamed people voting a straight Republican ticket for his loss.
In Orlando, an outgoing state legislator was selected by his party to take the office that Wood had won. In Alabama,the governor will appoint a new commissioner.