Provisional ballots were counted Thursday in the Knox County primary election, giving Republican Glenn Jacobs an additional seven votes.
The provisional ballots gave Brad Anders only one additional vote and Bob Thomas four. All other ballots either were determined not to be valid or voted in the Democratic primary, where the margin was not nearly as close between candidates.
After all precincts were counted on Tuesday night, Jacobs, a Knox County insurance agent and WWE wrestling led the GOP primary by only 17 votes. The new count puts him ahead by 23.
“Really humbled that the folks of Knox County, the voters would put their trust in me to continue stewardship for our great county. I am very grateful for that,” said Jacobs.
Jacobs and Anders shook hands after the final tallies. Both said it’s been stressful since Tuesday night.
“You respect the outcome of the Election Commission, the work they have done. We have talked to Glenn and we anticipate helping Glenn as he moves in the office of mayor,” said Anders.
Jacobs faced off against county commissioners Brad Anders and Bob Thomas in the primary. He will face Democrat Linda Haney in the general election in August.