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The combat sports world was represented Tuesday in two separate U.S. elections with one race still to be decided.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz won one of three available city council seats in Huntington Beach, California, leading the pack with 14% of the vote (34,901 votes) as of the time of this story. A vocal Donald Trump supporter from their days on The Apprentice, the UFC Hall-of-Famer was running on a platform of “Make Huntington Beach Safe Again”.
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The 45-year-old has retired several times from MMA and was last seen in a dominant win over Alberto Del Rio for Combate Americas in 2019.
In a race for Nevada’s Third Congressional District, former WWE developmental talent Dan Rodimer (R) is still waiting to see if he was successful in unseating incumbent Susie Lee (D). As of the writing, he was trailing Lee by roughly 5000 votes with 85% of the districts reporting according to the Associated Press. This is the 42-year-old’s second attempt at running for public office, losing in a bid for a Nevada senate spot in 2018.
He was under contract from 2006-07, working in Deep South Wrestling, Ohio Valley Wrestling, and Florida Championship Wrestling with one appearance on WWE Heat before being released.
On a related note, the aforementioned WWE Hall-of-Famer Trump is still awaiting to hear whether he or Joe Biden won the U.S. presidency following Tuesday’s elections.