KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Glenn Jacobs, better known as WWE wrestler "Kane," has come out narrowly ahead in the race for the Republican nomination for Knox County, Tennessee mayor.
Just before 10:15 p.m., the Knox County Election Commission website showed Glenn Jacobs with a 17-vote lead taking the candidacy over Brad Anders in the primary election. While Jacobs called it a "WWE finish" to sister station WVLT, Anders said he was not conceding until the provisional ballots have been counted.
Jacobs has remained one of the WWE's most-popular wrestlers since first appearing as "Kane" in the late 1990s.
According to Knox County officials, the county website failed Tuesday night, and election results were delayed as a result of a computer problem.
Cliff Rodgers with the Knox County Election Commission said they experienced a "widespread denial of services attack." Rogers said the county had a dozen IT members working to fix the issue before it was restored just before 9:30 p.m. The website crashed again just before 9:40 p.m.
Richard Moran, the director of IT with Knox County, said the commission website was hit with a "denial of service attack" at 8 p.m. Moran said the service attack was not a hack, and believe it could have come from both outside of the country as well as within the country.
Moran differentiated between service attack and hack, saying that a hack is much worse than a denial of service. Moran said they have experienced denial of service attacks or flooding before, but never on election night.
The Knox County Election Commission told WVLT that they had recorded 43 provisional ballots for all races. Of those 43 ballots, 38 were classified as "green," meaning they were submitted by people who had no record of registration. Four provisional ballots were classified as "orange," meaning they were cast by people who did not have a valid photo identification when they voted. One provisional ballot was denoted as a "gray" ballot, meaning the voter had to use a paper ballot due to an issue with the voting machine.
Officials said those 43 provisional ballots would be counted Thursday by the provisional counting board. However, Election Commissioner Bob Bowman said Tuesday night he did not believe all of the provisional ballots would be counted toward the election because traditionally, a "good number" of those voters end up not being registered to vote.
In order to qualify for a recount in Knox County, election commission officials said someone would have to file a lawsuit, which could be done in chancery court within five days of an official count. The complainant would have to prove that something wrong was done by someone and that whatever was done caused an issue in their race.