Glenn Jacobs wins Knox County Mayor Republican primary by 17 votes

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With all precincts reporting, Glenn Jacobs has won the Republican primary for Knox County mayor by a margin of only 17 votes. The Knox County Election Commission says there are, however, a few provisional ballots, so the results won’t be official until next week.

Jacobs, a former WWE wrestler and insurance agent, faced off against county commissioners Brad Anders and Bob Thomas.

“This was a real hard fought race. People showed up. Together we won tonight. Together we are going to see how great Knox County can be working together,” said Jacobs after the ballots were counted.

Forty-three provisional ballots still need to be counted. A provisional ballot is used when there are questions about a voter’s eligibility. Thirty-eight of them had no record of voter registration, four had no photo ID, and one had to vote by paper ballot due to an issue with the electronic system. Election officials say it’s likely that not all of the provisional ballots will be valid. They will be counted on Thursday.

Former Knox County Democratic Party chair Linda Haney won the Democratic primary over Knoxville native Rhonda Gallman. Rebecca Deloa also appeared on the ballot, though she pulled out of the race earlier this year.

“I’m not afraid to go ahead and speak my mind. And I know they’ll probably think I’m a fly on the wall, and I plan to be a very vocal fly. And I plan to really work hard and gain the trust of the people of Knox County,” said Haney.

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