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WWE Superstar Kane Won The Republican Primary In The Tennessee Mayor Race

Glenn "Kane" Jacobs won by 17 votes.

Posted on May 2, 2018, at 2:03 p.m. ET

WWE superstar Kane, aka Glenn Jacobs, won the Republican primary for mayor of Knox County, Tennessee, by 17 votes late Tuesday night.

Glenn Jacobs For Mayor / Via

Jacobs, 51, defeated Knox County Commissioner Brad Anders 14,633 to 14,616, according to the official results posted on the county's website. The results won't be certified until May 21, as officials need to go through provisional ballots, but the winner of the primary is not expected to change.

"[The results were] about the people of Knox County making a statement,” Jacobs told Knox News on Tuesday. “You know, my opponents are fine men, but they’re in the government right now and I think someone like me coming in and bringing fresh perspectives and new ideas is something that people look forward to."

Jacobs, whose alter ego Kane is known by the nicknames "The Big Red Monster" and "The Big Red Machine," made his debut in 1992 and is still one of the biggest names on the WWE roster.


After the returns came in on Tuesday night, the official WWE Twitter account posted a message congratulating the star.

It looks like @KaneWWE is on his way to being the next mayor of Knox County, Tennessee!

@WWE / Twitter

In a March appearance on the podcast Talk Is Jericho, Jacobs said that he would quit wrestling if he were elected mayor of Knox County.

WWE / Via

"Mayor is a full-time job and I would direct all my attention to that," he said.


Jacobs announced he was running in April 2017 and has spent the last year working to convince the people of Knox County that he is a serious candidate.

The Lean Machine is a tough little beast, but even it is no match for some of the potholes I've seen today!

@GlennJacobsTN / Twitter

"A lot of people look at me and say, ‘Oh, he’s that wrestler guy. That’s why people voted for him.’ That may have gotten my foot in the door with some people, certainly, the novelty of someone like me running in a race like this, but in the end it was the message," he told Knox News.

“I believe in the American dream. I believe in the people of Knox County and I’m a small-government conservative. I believe in individual liberty and the free market system. I believe those things to my very core.”

Jacobs is favored to win in the general election in August, when he will face Democrat Linda Haney.

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!

@GlennJacobsTN / Twitter

A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.