- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Unofficial returns show professional wrestler “Rhyno” edging two other candidates in the Republican primary for a Michigan legislative seat.

Terrance Gerin of Dearborn led by just 54 votes out of more than 2,700 cast in Tuesday’s election.

As the ballots were counted, Gerin, known as “Rhyno” or “Rhino,” was at a World Wrestling Entertainment event in Tennessee, according to the WWE website.

The 40-year-old says on his campaign website that he attends Dearborn City Council meetings and is concerned about public pools closing. He wants local businesses to sponsor the pools so they stay open.

Gerin faces an uphill climb in November’s general election against health care consultant Abdullah Hammoud because the district favors Democrats. Democratic Rep. George Darany could not run again under term limits.

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