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Senator Pittman, however,
was very ill at the time of the election. Pittman had gone on a drinking
spree at the Riverside Hotel just prior to the election and suffered a
heart attack as a result. The Senator was transported to Washoe Medical
Center, and news of the severity of his illness was not released.
Nevada voters unknowingly elected a dying man to office--but Senator Pittman's
dead body was not on ice in a bathtub on Election Day.
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