Paula Overby, Congress’s third-party candidate in Minnesota, dies ahead of election

Third-party candidate Paula Overby, who was running a competitive race for a congressional seat in Minnesota’s Second District, died Wednesday of heart complications, Overby’s son confirmed. WCCO CBS Minnesota,

WCCO reporter and anchor Esme Murphy was due to interview Overby on Tuesday, Murphy said TweetAnd after the Marijuana Legal Now candidate didn’t show up, Murphy was told that Overby had been hospitalized.

(credit: Paula Overby)

Overby, who was running on a Legal Marijuana Now ticket, died just a month before the midterm election. The office of Minnesota’s secretary of state will not postpone the election, and Overby’s name will remain on the ballot.

The Republican challenger in the race, Tyler Kistner, is pausing his events for the next two days, in honor of Overby’s family. “This is a very sad day for the Second District of Minnesota,” Kistner said in a statement. “Paula Overby cared deeply about our state and the principles she believed in. It was an honor to know Paula throughout this campaign.”

In a strange coincidence, this is the second consecutive congressional election in which the Marijuana Legal Now candidate in Minnesota’s second congressional district died just before the general election. In September 2020, Adam Weeks died, apparently due to an accidental fentanyl overdose. After his death, The Star Tribune reported that before his death, Weeks had left a voicemail for a friend saying that Republicans had asked him to run for the seat to seek votes from Democratic Representative Angie Craig. was recruited.

The second district, which includes a suburb south of Minneapolis, is rated as a toss-up by the Cook Political Report.

Aaron Navarro contributed to this report.

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