WWE Wrestler Kane Wins Republican Mayoral Primary in Knox County, Tennessee

Glenn Jacobs clinched the GOP nomination by 17 votes

Last Updated: August 2, 2018 @ 7:43 PM

Glenn Jacobs, a.k.a. WWE star Kane, has won the Republican nomination for mayor in Knox County, Tennessee.

Jacobs edged out Knox County commissioner Brad Anders by a 0.04-point margin and just 17 votes. He will now face off against Democrat Linda Haney in the general election race on August 2.

“Thanks to everyone who helped win this historic victory!!” Jacobs tweeted on Tuesday night. “The people who cast a ballot for me, my great team, my wonderful volunteers. Looking forward to VICTORY in the general election!”

In Knox County, Tennessee, “mayor” is the title used for the county administrator, which was formerly known as the County Executive. The position is entirely distinct from the mayor of Knoxville, the Knox County seat. Knoxville’s current mayor is Democrat Madeline Rogero.

Jacobs’ professional wrestling persona Kane, also known as the Big Red Monster, is described as “a monstrous abomination that seems to have been extracted directly from your childhood nightmares” and is famous for setting things and opponents on fire.

A longtime libertarian, Jacobs ran on a platform that included tax cuts, education and improvements to infrastructure.