I have been trying to wrap my brain around this one:

Governor Carnahan from Missouri was behind in the polls until he died tragically in a plane crash a couple weeks before the vote. Now, it's one thing not to speak ill of the dead or the mourning, but quite another to elect him as a senator. God bless America.
He won the election. The incumbent, John Ashcroft, lost to a dead man. Carnahan's wife will be filling in for him. Somehow, this brings to mind an image of her with a Ouija board.

Are there unseen advantages to having deceased politicians? (Like, for example, you just can't trust the living ones.) Is this going to start a trend? Will people be dying to get into office?
But seriously, I find it rather odd that there is no system in place for dealing fairly, and sensibly, with the death of a candidate.