It was a down-to-the-wire result in Tuesday’s GOP primary for Knox County mayor. At the end of the night with all 89 precincts reporting, Glenn Jacobs won by just 17 votes. The results are not official with 43 provisional ballots still out there.
Jacobs is well known as a WWE superstar and now he might be putting on a different suit after a close GOP primary race. He felt a sense of relief following what he’s calling a stressful evening.
The Knox County website crashed after a “deliberate attack” on the server right when polls closed. People were not able to see the live results for a little over an hour.
“Really had us all biting our nails,” said Jacobs.
The Knox County Election Commission researched the provisional ballots on Wednesday. Cliff Rodgers, the administrator of elections, said these people needed to vote on paper, rather than the machines, for a variety of reasons including not presenting a photo ID.
“This is going to be a formality, really, ’cause most of those are going to be thrown out anyway,” Jacobs said.
The board will begin on Thursday deciding which of the ballots will be counted. Brad Anders said in a statement he is waiting for the additional ballots to be counted.
“I’m humbled by the support we have received throughout the campaign. I want to congratulate Glen and Bob on a professional campaign. I also want to commend the election commission on a well-run election against some challenges.
While the odds are not in our favor, there are votes left to be counted. We will honor the process until every vote is counted and let the election commission do their job. I’m confident in their ability to arrive at an accurate total.
Regardless of the outcome, I’ll go to work next week to continue serving the citizens of Knox County.”
Jacobs said he visited more than 50,000 homes during his campaign. he felt those efforts as well as advertising made a tremendous impact on last night’s result. Anders said they do not know if a recount is needed yet.
If Jacobs’ win is certified, he will face Linda Haney, winner of the Democratic primary, in the August general election.