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Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District race headed for special election after candidate dies

Adam Weeks of the Legal Marijuana Now Party has died.

The U.S. House of Representative's race in Minnesota's Second Congressional District is headed for a special election following the death of Legal Marijuana Now Party candidate Adam Weeks. 

“I want to offer condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Weeks. The loss of any of us is a tragedy, and that’s felt especially in someone who has put his energy into a campaign to serve in public office,” Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a statement Thursday

"The law is clear on what happens next. If a major party nominee dies within 79 days of Election Day; a special election will be held for that office on the second Tuesday of February (Feb. 9, 2021)," he said.

Voters in the Second Congressional District should still vote on Tuesday, Nov. 3, and those who have already sent in their ballot or voted early do not need to request a new ballot, the Secretary of State's Office says.

Ballots in the Second Congressional District won't be changed prior to Nov. 3, meaning the race will still be on the ballot. Votes in that race won't be counted, but all the other races will.

The Minnesota Reformer confirmed with the Legal Marijuana Now Party that Weeks died, with Treasurer Dennis Schuller telling the publication that he was "passionate in his pursuit and we'll miss him."

No other details about Weeks' death have been released.

Weeks, an organic farmer in Goodhue County, graduated from Northfield High School in 2000, according to his campaign site

The other major party candidates in the race are Angie Craig, a Democrat, and Tyler Kistner, a Republican. 

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