Dead brothel owner wins Nevada state assembly seat

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The strip club owner, who ran five legal brothels in Nevada, during his campaign, dubbed himself the "Trump from Pahrump" in reference to the town where he lived in Nevada.

Late brothel owner (and reality TV star) Dennis Hof won the Nevada state legislative race he was running for as a Republican prior to his passing last month.

Dennis Hof defeated Democratic educator Lesia Romanov on Tuesday in the race for Nevada's 36th Assembly District, which includes rural communities and large stretches of desert in the southern part of the state. According to reports, county officials will appoint a Republican to take his place in the seat.

Hof was found dead October 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday.

Chuck Muth, Hof's campaign manager, said on Twitter that Jeremy found Hof's body when he went to wake him up in the morning.

Around 20 brothels operate in Nevada - the only U.S. state where prostitution is legal. Former NBA star Lamar Odom was once famously found unconscious at the Love Ranch after a four-day stay. The state doesn't publicize how many are open, and most owners keep a much lower profile than Hof did.

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Bonus link: ReasonTV interviewed Hof back in 2014 on prostitution, libertarianism, and more.

He was a supporter of President Donald Trump and his campaign netted endorsements from high-profile political figures like Americans for Tax Reform head Grover Norquist and fringe right fixture Roger Stone.

He upended Nevada politics this summer when he ousted an incumbent Republican lawmaker in a primary, celebrating at an election night party with "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss. As a result, Nevada Republicans encouraged people to vote for him anyway. He said this was the best year ever.

Hof died in the same Love Ranch suite where Lamar Odom, the former National Basketball Association player and ex-husband of Khloe Kardashian, overdosed in October 2015, the New Yorker report said.

Hof's campaign for District 36 - composed of Nye, Lincoln and Clark Counties - was marked by publicity stunts and billboard advertising that broadcast his pledges of repealing taxes and protecting gun rights, according to the USA magazine The New Yorker.

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