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Matt Lindland wins Republican nod for District 52 seat

Matt Lindland was victorious in the Oregon primary elections Wednesday to earn the Republican nomination for the vacated Oregon State Representative seat in District 52.

Lindland, a middleweight for the Affliction promotion and an Olympic Silver Medalist in Greco-Roman wrestling in 2000, defeated Phyllis Thiemann by accumulating 59 percent of the votes. According to the Portland Channel 2 news, Lindland received 2,917 votes, 860 more than Thiemann's 2,057 votes.

Lindland, 38, is running for the seat because he has become "increasingly concerned about the depressed business climate of [Oregon]" and believes the actions of the government are stifling the economy and hindering job creation.

"It is obvious to me that politicians in Salem are growing more and more out of touch with everyday working people and seem to see us more as their ATM than the citizens they were elected to serve," Lindland said.

Lindland will challenge Democrat Suzanne VanOrman in the general election in November. Until then, Lindland (20-5) will take on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Fabio Negao (8-3) on pay-per-view at Affliction: Banned at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California on July 19.