A competitive U.S. House race in Minnesota will be delayed until February after Adam Weeks, the nominee for the Legal Marijuana Now party, died Thursday, the Minnesota Secretary of State said.
Under Minnesota state law, any election must be postponed if a major party candidate dies less than 79 days from the contest, and requires a special election to be held on the second Tuesday in February, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
As a result, the results of the Nov. 3 election will be automatically invalidated, and incumbent Democratic Rep. Angie Craig will have to leave office in January when the next session of Congress begins.
The seat will remain vacant until after the February special election, when either Craig or her GOP challenger, Tyler Kistner, will be sworn in.
The Legal Marijuana Now party’s candidate received 5.3% of the vote in the 2018 state auditor race, qualifying it as a major party under Minnesota law.
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