Superstar WWE wrestler “Kane,” whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, has won the GOP primary for the mayoral race in Knox County, Tennessee by just 17 votes.
All precincts reported in, but the county’s election commission noted that 43 provisional ballots had yet to be counted. As a result, the May 2 results won’t be considered official until next Thursday, but the outcome of the election is not expected to change.
Officials believe that most of the provisional ballots will be considered invalid, as 38 of them were filled out by people with no record of voter registration.
Jacobs’ votes totaled 14,633, just 17 votes more than the 14,616 earned by his opponent County Commissioner Brad Anders. Commissioner Bob Thomas came in a distant third with 11,296 votes.
Jacobs was quoted as saying his run was a hard-fought race. “People showed up. Together we won tonight. Together we are going to see how great Knox County can be working together,” he said.
Jacobs is tagged as the odds-on favorite in the mayoral race for the county, which boasts more than five times more Republicans than Democrats.
His opponent is the former Knox County Democratic Party chair, Linda Haney. Haney succeeded in winning the Democratic primary over Knoxville’s Rhonda Gallman.
The general election is scheduled to take place on August 2, 2018.
The winner of three world championships, Jacobs has been wrestling professionally since 1992 and most recently appeared at Wrestlemania 34 on April 8, 2018.
However, Jacobs has stated that if he wins the Knox County mayorship, he will stop wrestling. In an interview earlier this year on the podcast Talk Is Jericho, he told host Chris Jericho, “Mayor is a full time job and I would direct all my attention to that.”
Jacobs, who just turned 51 on April 26, was born in Spain to a military family and raised in Missouri. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri in 1991 before moving to Tennessee in 1995.
He and his wife Crystal, who have been married since 1995, own an insurance and real estate company. He runs the insurance side while Crystal manages the real estate component of the family business. The couple has two adult daughters, Arista and Devan, both nurses, as well as two grandchildren.
On his choice to settle in the state of Tennessee, Jacobs says on his election website, “Because I travel so much with WWE, we could live pretty much anywhere in the country that we wanted, but my family and I live here because we love it here. Most of all, we love the people. Folks here are kind and friendly, and possess a quality that is lacking in many other places… loads of common sense.”