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Dead Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Wins Nevada Assembly Election

Dead Brothel Owner Dennis Hof Wins Nevada Assembly Election

He may be dead, but Dennis Hof scored 69.02% in Tuesday's vote against Democratic candidate Lesia Romanov, at 30.98%, to win the assembly seat representing rural southern Nye County, official records showed.

Hof died at his Love Ranch brothel in Crystal, Nevada, on October 16 shortly after having sex with prostitute Dasha Dare. County officials said they would appoint a replacement candidate from the same party for his seat. The evening prior, he celebrated his 72nd birthday with a political rally at a hotel and casino called the Pahrump Nugget, according to The New Yorker.

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 ran on a platform based on deeply conservative ideals, including expansion of gun rights and a hard-line policy on immigration.

He also starred in the HBO adult reality series Cathouse and wrote a book titled The Art of the Pimp, akin to Trump's book The Art of the Deal. They're banned in counties that contain Las Vegas and Reno, and the state does not publicize how many are open.

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This year, he ran as a Republican and earned backing from Trump associate Roger Stone and tax-cut activist Grover Norquist. This summer, he ousted an incumbent Republican lawmaker in a primary election, celebrating at an election night party with "Hollywood Madam" Heidi Fleiss. Most owners keep a lower profile than Hof did.

But much of Nevada's establishment GOP shunned him.

He said he faced political retribution this year in the form of an anti-brothel push and regulatory problems.

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 US magazine The New Yorker.

Hof was accused of sexual assault at least four times, most recently in September.