The Big Red Machine Kane is now the Mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. A lead for the ages. Kane, real name Glenn Jacobs, ran as a Republican and defeated his Democratic opponent Linda Haney by a wide margin. Jacobs earned 66% of the vote with almost 52,000 votes, and Haney earned just over 26,000.
The stats can be seen in the chart below, provided via WATE.com:
WWE posted the following statement to congratulate Jacobs on this major lifetime accomplishment:
Kane elected Mayor of Knox County, Tenn.
According to WATE.com in Knoxville, Kane has been elected Mayor of Knox County, Tenn., tonight, capping a path to office that began over a year ago for the former WWE Champion.
Kane came away with a strong political victory following a narrow victory in the primary election two months ago.
Congratulations to Kane on his election!
Check out some of the reactions to the news from social media:
Congratulations, Machine that is Big & Red.. I KNEW YOU’D WIN! pic.twitter.com/CIUj5XkDdR
— #WOKEN Matt Hardy (@MATTHARDYBRAND) August 3, 2018
@KaneWWE is a great man & will be a great Mayor as welll!
— Sean Waltman (@TheRealXPac) August 3, 2018
— Zelina Vega (@Zelina_VegaWWE) August 3, 2018
— WWE (@WWEIndia) August 3, 2018
— Curtis Axel (@RealCurtisAxel) August 3, 2018
And as you might expect, social media is having a field day with all the potential jokes and here are a few:
I hope he makes Rikishi his chief of staff
— David Arquette (@DavidArquette) August 3, 2018
— WMC Action News 5 (@WMCActionNews5) August 3, 2018
Hellfire and brimstone coming to northeast Tennessee! pic.twitter.com/X8X0mWlL5t
— Hashim Horne (@_SoundTheHorne) August 3, 2018
— The Ciampa is Here (@BabyfaceMick) August 3, 2018
When corporate Kane takes the gimmick too far
— Jason (@Jason912410) August 3, 2018
— Brian Compton (@BComptonNHL) August 3, 2018
And still others pointed out the legitimate qualifications and traits that stand to make Glenn Jacobs, the man, a good mayor:
He’s been present in schools and all around town since before he even announced his candidacy. He made an impact with people by doing things most politicians don’t do anymore like showing up to inner city schools consistently or guest judging talent shows at schools.
— Eldon English (@shrike113) August 3, 2018
Came and spoke to us at an under privileged kids camp when I was in 3rd grade. Classy guy.
— Chris Overstreet (@Rover37) August 3, 2018
Congratulations go out to Jacobs and may the media and the critics not dig too hard into all the heinous atrocities the Demon Kane has committed throughout his career.