Originally written on 5thRound.com  |  Last updated 11/19/14

Unfortunately for Chris Lytle (Pictured), it seems the political hopeful didn’t shake enough hands or kiss enough babies. The former UFC welterweight fell just short of his bid to win the Indiana Republican Senate nomination in District 28.

However, in typical “Lights Out” fashion, the slugger put up a solid showing.

“Almost. I finished 2nd. It was a good fight,” Lytle tweeted after hearing the disappointing news.

In Tuesday’s three-man race, Lytle received 30 percent of the votes to finish just behind Mike Crider, who obtained 41 percent approval.

John Merlau brought in the rear with 29 percent of the votes.

Lytle announced his retirement from mixed martial arts last August after submitting Dan Hardy at “UFC on Versus 5.″ He ended his 20-fight Octagon career with a total of 10 Fight Night bonuses.

The 37-year-old father of four left the game owning an extensive 30-18-5 professional record. He made his claim to mainstream fame as a finalist against Matt Serra in “The Ultimate Fighter 4″ in 2006.

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