Former WWE superstar Kane wins Republican primary for mayor of Knox County
Jacobs won the primary by a slim margin of 17 votes against Brad Anders and is now going to run in August's mayoral election against Democrat Linda Haney
WWE's Kane, who was one of the enterprise's hottest stars in the early 2000s and whose real name is Glenn Jacobs, won the Republican primary in Knox County, Tennessee. He is set to become a candidate for the County's mayoral office.
Jacobs won the primary by a slim margin of 17 votes against Brad Anders and is now going to run in August's mayoral election against Democrat Linda Haney, if the result is official later this month, reported Fox News.
Since 1944, the region has voted for Republican Tim Burchett, who is Knox County's current mayor. Jacobs was leading 14,633 to 14,616 with 100 percent of the precincts reporting.
The erstwhile professional wrestler thanked everyone who helped his campaign win the Republican primary while declaring his victory in a Twitter post.
“Thanks to everyone who helped win this historic victory!! The people who cast a ballot for me, my great team, my wonderful volunteers,” he wrote. “Looking forward to VICTORY in the general election!”
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
The former superstar is running to keeping taxes low, focusing on quality education, job creation, improved infrastructure and limited government.
Jacobs played many characters during his tenure with the WWE, including a dentist called Isaac Yankem. However, his big-ticket role was that of 'Kane', described by the wrestling federation as the half-brother of The Undertaker and “a monstrous abomination that seems to have been extracted directly from your childhood nightmares.”
Jacobs was born into a military family and studied English literature at college while excelling in football and basketball. The 51-year-old has been quite vocal about his libertarian views throughout his wrestling career. His campaign website says that he aims to keep taxes low and put out "a fresh outlook on limited government."
Back in the 2008 presidential race, Jacobs backed libertarian Ron Paul and contended that he would like to see “the IRS eliminated and ... income tax ended”.
In 2014, he spoke to Fox Business about his political views. “There are things that I can agree with from both sides: perhaps the civil libertarian issues of the left and also the economic freedom issues of the right while still rejecting the big government tendencies of both sides of the political spectrum,” he said. “The great thing about libertarianism is it really is the American Dream: It’s the ability of everybody to live their life and build their life according to what they want, so long as they don’t hurt anybody else.”
Jacobs will follow the lead of former WWE star Jesse "The Body" Ventura if he wins the mayoral race. Ventura became the mayor of Brooklyn Park Minnesota in 1991 before he was elected as governor in 1999. Among other WWE stars, Linda McMahon occupies the seat of the Administrator of the Small Business Administration in the Trump administration.
According to WXYZ-TV, former ECW competitor Terrance Gerin, known commonly as Rhyno, ran for the Michigan House of Representatives in 2016 as a Republican but lost in the general election by over 8,000 votes.
Kane is a three-time world champion and made his WWE debut back in 1997 – becoming a key part of the company’s boom period known as the Attitude Era.
WWE fans expect Kane will one day be inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame, as he holds the record for most eliminations ever in the Royal Rumble with 44, reported the Daily Star.
Standing 7ft tall and weighing 323lbs, his intimidating frame has been compared to legends including Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, and John Cena.