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2018 elections

Brothel owner and The Art of the Pimp author Dennis Hof wins Nevada Republican primary

Nevada's "most famous pimp" and the self-proclaimed "Trump of Pahrump" has won the Republican primary for the state Legislature, defeating James Oscarson, a hospital executive who as held office for three terms, The Associated Press reports.

Dennis Hof, the star of the long-running HBO documentary series Cathouse, owns half a dozen brothels in Nevada. He held a rally with President Trump's close friend, Roger Stone, in April. "It's all because Donald Trump was the Christopher Columbus for me," explained Hof, who has written a book called The Art of the Pimp. "He found the way and I jumped on it."

Hof, who previously endorsed Hillary Clinton with his "Hookers for Hillary" campaign, is a controversial figure in Nevada. "He was an embarrassment before he ran for office," voter Brett Chunley told the Los Angeles Times. "He's even more of one now." Sean Hunt, who voted for Hof, said he "did it to piss people off. It's the same reason I voted for Trump. I knew it would drive liberals crazy."

In November, Hof will face Democrat Lesia Romanov. He is favored to win the Republican-leaning district.