ECW Champion Kane (in ring, L)faces off against Chavo Guerrero during WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena on June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

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WWE Wrestler Known as Kane Wins Mayor's Race in Tennessee

Glenn Jacobs went by Kane in the WWE - "The Undertaker's" younger pyromaniac brother.

August 03, 2018 - 2:33 pm
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former WWE wrestler known as Kane has won a "no-holds-barred, last-man-standing'' round, this time in the political ring.

Glenn Jacobs went by Kane in the WWE - "The Undertaker's" younger pyromaniac brother. Jacobs grew up just outside St. Louis, went to high school in Bowling Green, and earned a degree in English Literature from Truman State University in Kirksville, Mo.

Now, the 6-foot-8, 300-pound Republican has the title of Knox County Mayor.

WWE Wrestler Kane attends the 'Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery' New York Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas on March 22, 2014 in New York City.
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Jacobs runs an insurance and real estate company and was leading Democrat Linda Haney by a large margin with most of the votes counted on Thursday. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Jacobs claimed victory at his watch party. He said some politicians responded with "pretty resounding laughter'' when he announced his decision to seek the top job in Tennessee's third-largest county.

Jacobs said he doesn't normally use wrestling analogies for campaigning.

"But this professional wrestler got into a no-holds-barred, last-man-standing match, and when the bell rung, he was victorious,'' he said. "We were victorious.''

Jacobs won a close primary in May. Those results were delayed when the county's election-reporting website crashed after a concerted cyberattack that experts deemed "malicious.''

County officials said no voting data was affected, the vulnerability was fixed, and additional safeguards were put in place.

Haney ran small businesses with her husband before she retired, and was considered an underdog in the solidly Republican county. ​