Dennis Hof, a Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate, has won a heavily GOP state legislative district, NBC News reported.
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. County officials will appoint a Republican to take his place in the seat.
Hof was found dead on October 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday. Officials are still determining his cause of death, but they don’t suspect foul play.
Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada, the only state that allows them to legally operate, and he also starred in the HBO adult reality series “Cathouse” and wrote a book titled “The Art of the Pimp,” similar to Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal.”
The Nevada Republican was found dead at his Love Ranch brothel about an hour outside Las Vegas. He had spent the four previous days partying with notables from the sex industry and political world celebrating his 72nd birthday.
Hof ran for office in 2016 as a Libertarian but lost, and this year he ran as a Republican and earned backing from Trump associate Roger Stone and tax-cut activist Grover Norquist.
Earlier this year, Hof said that Trump’s victory in 2016 helped inspire him to run for office, CNBC added.