WWE wrestler Kane is the potential winner of the GOP primary for Knox County mayor in Tennessee. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Kane (Glenn Jacobs) leads by 17 votes, but there are 93 provisional ballots yet to be counted. Given the closeness of the results, a recount may be on the horizon before Kane is officially named the Republican nominee.
According to Knox News, Jacobs received 14,633 votes, or 36.09 percent, while rival Brad Anders received 14,616 votes (36.05 percent) in Tuesday’s election. A third-place finisher, Bob Thomas, received 11,296 votes. Jacobs has declared victory on Twitter. Both Anders, a police officer, and Thomas are county commissioners. Knox County officials will meet on Thursday to review the provisional ballots and are due to declare a winner next week.
Wrestling luminaries such as The Undertaker, Rick Flair, Daniel Bryan, and Mick Foley, among many others, supported Jacobs’ candidacy.
Kane/Jacobs is a three-time professional wrestling world champion, having won title belts in the WWF, ECW, and WWE. He is a 12-time world tag team champion and two-time Intercontinental champion as well as the 2004 Money in the Bank winner. Kane was on the card for WrestleMania 34 in New Orleans on April 8, where he competed in the 30-man Battle Royal for the Andre the Giant Memorial Trophy.
If Jacobs ultimately prevails after all the votes are counted and/or recounted, he will face Democrat Linda Haney in the main event, as it were, on August 2. The Republican primary winner, whether it is Glenn Jacobs or Anders, is expected to win the general election in the GOP-leaning county.
While the votes were being tabulated, a cyberattack briefly crashed the Knox County election website.
Jacobs’ platform included low taxes, job growth, and improving the quality of education and the infrastructure. Jacobs, who has in the past has described himself as a libertarian, has resided in the area since 1995 and operates an insurance agency there.
“This is a great place to work, live and raise a family. I want to do my part to make sure it remains a great place and that our future is as bright as ever,” Jacobs said at his initial campaign rally, SkySports reported.
Taking a page out of President Trump’s book perhaps, Jacobs, 51, also vowed to drain the political swamp in the Knoxville area once he takes office.
In this election, we have a real chance to change Knox County's political culture. The #SwampCritters are telling everyone who will listen who to support (hint: it ain't me). They know that when I get in, they go out. Please help make that a reality.— Glenn Jacobs (@GlennJacobsTN) April 25, 2018
Glenn, along with his family, volunteers and supporters declare victory in a hard-fought Knox County Mayoral race this evening. Together we won! Tomorrow, we move forward.— Glenn Jacobs (@GlennJacobsTN) May 2, 2018
Thanks to everyone who helped win this historic victory!! The people who cast a ballot for me, my great team, my wonderful volunteers. Looking forward to VICTORY in the general election!— Glenn Jacobs (@GlennJacobsTN) May 2, 2018
WWE wrestler Kane’s apparent victory in the Knox County GOP primary for mayor is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
BREAKING: The campaign manager for Glenn Jacobs runs outside the election commission yelling that Jacobs has won the Knox County Mayor's race. Jacobs: 14,633 votes— Marc Sallinger (@MarcWBIR) May 2, 2018
Andres: 14,616 votes
100% precincts reporting. 17 votes separating the two pic.twitter.com/hl8iRRsMV0