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Water issues and party loyalty: Why voters in Pahrump, Nevada are set to elect a dead brothel owner

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PAHRUMP, NEVADA — Thousands of voters in Pahrump, a town of about 36,000 people an hour or so outside Las Vegas, cast their votes Tuesday for a dead man.

Dennis Hof — the notorious brothel owner who used to call himself the “Trump of Pahrump” after his hometown, and who wrote an autobiography called The Art of the Pimp — died last month. Yet for reasons ranging from party loyalty to local water issues to personal love for the man, voters in his hometown said they plan to elect him anyway.

Chuck Muth, Hof’s campaign manager, said Election Day is “bittersweet.” He told ThinkProgress he see Hof’s likely win Tuesday night as a celebration of Hof’s life.

“It’s kind of like Moses,” Muth said Tuesday. “He’s not going to make it to the promised land with us… but we hope he’s watching from the great beyond.”

Before he passed away at the age of 72, Hof built a campaign on small government, supporting the Second Amendment, and Trumpian immigration issues. But the issue that the area’s voters said Tuesday was most important to them — and about which they wanted to send a message — was water.

“We don’t want a Democrat!” Pahrump voter Karen Russell said, as her husband Bruce Russell simultaneously explained he was going to vote for a dead man Tuesday by saying, “Because we want to make sure and get a Republican in!”

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