WWE wrestler Kane wins Tennessee mayoral race

Glenn Jacobs, also known as Kane or the “Big Red Machine,” will soon become the mayor of Knox County, Tennessee. 

He defeated his opponent, Linda Haney, with about twice as many votes.

A professional wrestler since 1992, Jacobs has won several WWE world championships. He’s also long been involved in Libertarian politics through the support of candidates like Ron Paul in his 2008 presidential bid and through speaking events at various political conferences.

Jacobs said he was considering running for the mayoral seat in 2016 but wanted to wait until after the presidential election to decide. He ultimately announced his mayoral bid in April of 2017. 

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DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: The Big Red Monster Kane during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Kane, WWE Raw Superstar during 'See No Evil' Premiere - Arrivals in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
Kane, WWE Raw Superstar during 'See No Evil' Premiere - Arrivals in Los Angeles, California, United States. (Photo by J.Sciulli/WireImage for LIONSGATE)
Kane makes provocative and demeaning gestures towards Randy Orton as he lays spreadeagled on the canvas during the WWE RAW Superslam event at Acer Arena, Homebush Stadium in Sydney on august 4, 2006. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 15: Kane (R) takes on Chavo Guerrero, Jr. during the WWE Smackdown at Acer Arena June 15, 2008 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Don Arnold/WireImage)
MONTERREY, MEXICO - OCTOBER 07: Figther Kane, during the WWE Smackdown Wrestling at Arena Monterrey on October 7, 2010 in Monterrey, Mexico. (Photo by Alfredo Lopez/Jam Media/LatinContent/Getty Images)
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 08: The Celtic Warrior Sheamus locks up with the Big Red Monster Kane during the WWE Smackdown Live Tour at Westridge Park Tennis Stadium on July 08, 2011 in Durban, South Africa. (Photo by Steve Haag/Gallo Images/Getty Images)
Comic-Con -- Pictured: WWE wrestler Kane arrives at the Syfy party at the 2010 Comic-Con in San Diego, Ca. (Photo by Evans Vestal Ward/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 03: Kane attends the 2011 WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony at the Philips Arena on April 3, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Moses Robinson/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 22: WWE wrestler Kane attends the 'Scooby Doo! WrestleMania Mystery' New York Premiere at Tribeca Cinemas on March 22, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Zimmerman/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - OCTOBER 15: Actor/WWE Wrestler Glenn Jacobs AKA Kane arrives for ScreamFest 2014 'See No Evil 2' Screening held at TCL Chinese 6 Theatres on October 15, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
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“Now this is the part where many politicians will stand up here and tell you all the grandiose things that they’re going to do just by snapping their fingers,” he told the crowd the night of his announcement. “I’m not going to do that because that would be unrealistic and disingenuous.” He spoke of reducing taxes and non-essential government spending as well as job creation.

Jacobs plans to commit to his new role but said the WWE will always play a part in his life. 

“After I am elected mayor, I’ll be mayor. I may still do a few special things [with WWE],” he said. “I’ve done it for 23 years now and have quite a history, it’ll always be part of my life. I think the question is, if I am taking it seriously, and of course I am. I wouldn’t [be running] if not.”

This article originally appeared on HuffPost.

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