US midterm elections 2018

Dead Republican brothel owner Dennis Hof wins election in Nevada

  • Dennis Hof, a self-described pimp who died last month, won 68 per cent of the vote in his Nevada state legislature race
  • The dead candidate trounced Democrat Lesia Romanov, a schoolteacher
PUBLISHED : Thursday, 08 November, 2018, 1:59am
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 November, 2018, 8:17am

A brothel-owning, evangelical Christian-backed Republican candidate who died last month won his race for the Nevada state legislature on Tuesday, according to state election officials.

Dennis Hof, 72, defeated Democratic candidate and schoolteacher Lesia Romanov in the race for Nevada’s 36th Assembly District, earning about 68 per cent of the vote. County officials said they would have to appoint a replacement candidate from the same party for his seat.

A representative for Romanov did not respond to a request for comment.

Hof, who presented himself as an American pimp, was a strip-club owner who ran multiple brothels. He had nicknamed himself the “Trump from Pahrump,” after the town where he lived in Nevada.

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In a June interview at the Moonlite Bunny Ranch, one of his brothels, Hof said his political fortunes had parallels with those of US President Donald Trump.

“This really is the Trump movement,” Hof said. “People will set aside for a moment their moral beliefs, their religious beliefs, to get somebody that is honest in office.”

Chuck Muth, Hof’s campaign manager, was one of many who predicted last month that Hof would win, stating that Republicans had a two-to-one advantage over Democrats in the Assembly district in terms of voter registration.

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“I know Republicans in Nevada got massacred tonight, but my man Dennis Hof crushed his opponent from the great beyond in AD-36 & we crushed the anti-brothel initiative in Lyon County by about 80%,” Muth wrote on Twitter on Wednesday. “So pardon me, but I’m celebrating.”

The Nye County Sheriff’s Office said Hof was found dead last month at one of his properties in Crystal, Nevada. The cause of death has not been determined.

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Friends found him dead when they went to wake him for a meeting hours after his 72nd birthday party, his campaign manager, Muth said on Twitter. He said Hof appeared to have died in his sleep.

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 legalised prostitution.