Pro wrestler Rhyno loses in bid to become Michigan legislator

Posted at 9:01 AM, Nov 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-09 09:06:53-05

(AP) – Professional wrestler Rhyno has lost his longshot bid for a seat in the Michigan Legislature.

Democrat Abdullah Hammoud, a 26-year-old health care consultant, beat Dearborn Republican Terrance Guido Gerin in Tuesday’s election for an open House district. The 41-year-old Gerin, who prefers the name “Rhino,” currently appears on World Wrestling Entertainment’s “Smackdown Live.”

Gerin’s campaign website says he is a “politician by day” and a “professional wrestler by night.” He urged voters in the Democratic-heavy district east of Detroit to “be a Rhino-Democrat.”

Hammoud, the son of Lebanese immigrants, says he will focus on public education, people without health insurance, pollution and economic development.