Two candidates for the North Carolina legislature have died, but votes cast for them will still be counted Tuesday night as the elections end.
Luebke was a longtime fixture in the General Assembly. He was running against Republican challenger Elissa Fuchs.
Judge served on the Dare County Board of Commissioners for 16 years and was running against Republican challenger Beverly Boswell. The incumbent in the seat, unaffiliated Rep. Paul Tine, is retiring.
If Judge defeats Boswell, the votes will go to his wife, Tess Judge. She was nominated as his replacement in a vote held Monday afternoon by Democratic officials from the district, which is House District 6.
“Tess believes serving Warren’s term is a way to honor his memory should the voters elect him tomorrow,” campaign manager Elizabeth Morely said in a press release. “I know Tess shares the same values and ideals that we all respected and admired in Warren and I can’t think of a more fitting tribute.”
Durham Democratic officials from House District 30 had not announced a nominee to replace Luebke as of 4 p.m. Monday.
Since he was an incumbent, Democrat need to name someone to take over if Luebke wins the election, as well as someone to be appointed by Gov. Pat McCrory to fill the rest of his term, which ends in January.
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