Mixed martial artist Matt "The Law" Lindland failed Tuesday to capture an open Oregon state legislature seat. Running as a Republican in House District 52, Lindland, an Olympic silver medal-winning Greco-Roman wrestler in 2000 and one of MMA's top middleweights, garnered 41.7 percent of the vote to Democrat Suzanne VanOrman's 58.7.
All of 4 feet 9 inches tall, with a hook for a left hand and a résumé devoid of any time in elected office, aspiring U.S. Senator Steve Novick would be easy to write off as unelectable. That's clearly the view of the Democratic Party, which has put its weight behind his rival in the race to unseat Oregon Republican incumbent Gordon Smith in November.
Democrats' efforts to challenge President Bush's Iraq policies were dealt a demoralizing blow Wednesday in the Senate after they failed to scrape together enough support to guarantee troops more time at home.