Monroe, NC (AP) -- A candidate has won election to a North Carolina county board, despite being dead for a month.
Sam Duncan was the top vote-getter Tuesday for two seats on Union County's Soil and Water Conservation Board.
County elections officials knew of Duncan's death, but no one told the voters.
The Democratic Party ran newspaper ads endorsing him the weekend before the election, and literature distributed near the polls included his name.
Party officials say they didn't know Duncan had died when they placed the ads and printed the literature.
He won by 12,000 votes.
One man who voted for him says he was shocked to learn "that poor Sam was gone."
Duncan's seat will be filled by appointment.
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