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Memphis Elects Dead Democrat

( Todd Starnes )

The oldest-serving Tennessee state legislator won her race Tuesday night.

The only problem is the Memphis native died a few weeks prior to Election Day.

Tennessee State Rep. Barbara Ward Cooper served Shelby County District 86 for more than two decades.

Cooper, who represented downtown Memphis, died at 93 years old in October.

Her funeral was held Saturday, Nov. 5 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Cooper won the state congressional race 73 percent to 27 percent to Republican challenger Michael Porter, according to Fox 13.

Almost 8,000 Memphians voted for a dead person Tuesday.

“Only in Memphis,” national radio host Todd Starnes said.

“With the combined results showing the same result, the seat will be declared vacant and Shelby County Commissioners will appoint a replacement,” the Daily Memphian reports.

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