This Week’s Trivia Question
This week’s question: Who was the last congressman forced to resign his seat over allegations of a stolen election?
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The answer? Jean Carnahan. A Democrat from Missouri, she was appointed to fill the seat won in 2000 by her late husband, Mel Carnahan. He was campaigning against Republican Senator John Ashcroft, but, three weeks before the election, he was killed in a plane crash. Acting Governor Roger Wilson, a Democrat, said that if Mel Carnahan won the election posthumously, he would appoint his widow Jean to the seat — which he did. But in her bid to stay in office, she lost a special election to Jim Talent in 2002.
And the randomly selected winner is Steve Cox of Whitesboro, N.Y. Steve wins the coveted Political Junkie button.