Former pimp Dennis Hof wins Nevada legislative race despite being dead

In this June 12, 2018, file photo, Nevada brothel owner Dennis Hof, second from right, celebrates with Heidi Fleiss, right, and others after winning the primary election in Pahrump, Nev. | Photo by David Montero/Los Angeles Times via Associated Press, St. George News

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star Dennis Hof died last month but still won a heavily GOP state legislative district after fashioning himself as a Donald Trump-style Republican candidate. County officials will appoint a Republican to take Hof’s place in the state Assembly.

In this June 13, 2016, photo, Dennis Hof, owner of the Moonlite BunnyRanch, a legal brothel near Carson City, Nev., is pictured during an interview in Oklahoma City, Okla. Hof died in October but still received the most votes in the race for Nevada’s 36th Assembly District on Tuesday. | Associated Press file photo by Sue Ogrocki, St. George News

He was found dead Oct. 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.

He beat Democratic educator Lesia Romanov for Nevada’s 36th Assembly District, which includes rural communities and large stretches of desert in the southern part of the state.

Hof owned a handful of brothels in Nevada, the only state that allows them to legally operate. He 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.”

Porn actor Ron Jeremy and a prostitute discovered Hof dead at Hof’s 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. The brothel is where NBA player Lamar Odom was found unconscious in 2015.

About 20 brothels operate in Nevada, mostly in rural areas. They are banned in the counties that contain Las Vegas and Reno. The state doesn’t publicize how many are open, and most owners keep a much lower profile than Hof did.

Hof ran for office in 2016 as a Libertarian but lost the race. This year, he ran as a Republican and earned backing from Trump associate Roger Stone and tax-cut activist Grover Norquist.

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.

He said an anti-brothel push and regulatory problems he faced this year were political retribution.

Nevada’s 36th Assembly District has long been a Republican-held seat. The sprawling district touches both California and Utah and includes the Nevada National Security Site where nuclear weapons were once tested.

Written by MICHELLE L. PRICE, Associated Press.

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  • 42214 November 7, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    Hof, a dead pimp, and Romney, a live pimp, both win elections.

  • Redbud November 7, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I am so glad to hear that Dennis Hof won, he was a great leader!

  • JOSH DALTON November 8, 2018 at 7:41 am

    C’mon folks! The pimp game will never die! Just the man.GO FALCONS!

  • Taz Kitty November 8, 2018 at 8:14 am

    One of those times when second place really hurts. People choose a dead pimp over whoever was second.

  • Craig November 8, 2018 at 9:01 am

    Imagine being so bad that voters prefer a dead guy! ??

  • Carpe Diem November 8, 2018 at 9:15 am

    He sounds like the average politician, never tells the truth, never gets anything done, sordid past…

  • theone November 8, 2018 at 9:21 am

    Just another day in the Republican party of morals. Yup, they also got 3 felons elected this time.

  • Carpe Diem November 8, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    Heidi Fleiss is in the picture above, looking attractive as usual. She’s good to have around on Halloween I guess, scare the HECK outa people!

    • KR567 November 8, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      She could scare dead people

  • Uncle Rico November 9, 2018 at 12:13 am

    So even a dead republican can beat a live democrat in an election. Wow

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