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Glenn “Kane” Jacobs Chokeslams Opposition

By Mike McCosker | United States

Thursday May 3, 2018, at 1:30pm, Glenn Jacobs, more commonly known by his WWE ring name, Kane, won the Republican nomination for mayor, in Knox County Tennessee. Voting took place in the county on Tuesday, but all votes were tallied, and results were officially released Thursday.

This may proverbially seal the deal for the 51 year old former WWE Superstar, as Knox County has historically voted Republican in almost all elections. The race was tough for Jacobs, and his main opposition to the seat, Commissioner Brad Anders, was only 17 votes behind. 1

Jacobs has been wrestling for the WWF/WWE since 1995, and has been one of the company’s mainstays since donning the moniker of Kane in 1997. 2 At this time, it is not clear if Jacob’s winning the nomination means that the character of Kane will continue to wrestle, or if he will retire from the WWE. Jacobs last performed for the WWE at WrestleMania 34, and lasted until the final four. 3

For the past few years Jacobs has become very involved in the Knox Country area. He built a business, Jacobs Insurance Associates, champions the Kindness Revolution, a national anti-bullying initiative, and created Kane’s Crusaders, a non-profit organization that desires to “bring joy to the chronically ill teenagers of East Tennessee.” 4

The good news about Jacobs joining the political cult of personality, is that he has described himself as a conservative libertarian. On his campaign website, Jacobs condenses his political opinions when he said, “We understand that hard work, ability, and the willingness to succeed should be rewarded and encouraged. We understand that people should enjoy the fruits of their labor, not see their efforts wiped out by high taxes. We understand that the free enterprise system—the greatest wealth producing machine the world has ever known—shouldn’t be crippled by over-regulation, but it should be unleashed so that the American Dream is available to everyone.” 4


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Election Day 2017: The Races to Watch

By Jake Melkun | USA

This Tuesday, November 7th, 2017, it is Election Day all across America. While it is an odd year, there are still some crucial elections that should be in your spotlight.

Congressional Races

Utah:

Jason Chaffetz’s old House of Representatives seat is now up for a special election, as he resigned to start working for Fox News. The Utah Republican’s 3rd District has John Curtis running under the GOP ticket, Democrat Kathie Allen, and Libertarian Joe Buchman. There is also someone from the new United Utah Party, Jim Bennett running for the seat.

Gubernatorial Races:

New Jersey:

One of the most unpopular and controversial governors in recent history, Chris Christie, is not able to run for Governor again due to consecutive term limits, but the Republican Lt. Governor, Kim Guadagno, and Democrat Phil Murphy are polling pretty close in the race. Libertarian Nominee Peter Rohrman is also running, but not likely to win.

Virginia:

This race is one of the most coveted as it is very close. As many outlets are saying that this is a referendum on Trump, it still can be crucial for both sides to win this governor’s seat left open by Democratic Governor Terry McAuliffe. The Lt. Governor of Virginia, Ralph S. Northam will be running against Republican Ed Gillespie. Cliff Hyra is the Libertarian Nominee, but he is currently polling at only 2% so there is little chance that he will win.

Mayoral:

Atlanta:

In the largest city in Georgia, there are nearly a dozen candidates for mayor. The current Mayor, Kasim Reed, has reached his term-limit and is now has to hand over the reigns to someone else. Keisha Lance Bottoms is leading the polls to gain the majority, but as there are twelve candidates running, it may end up in a runoff between the highest two if no-one reaches 50%. The candidate polling in second is also a woman by the name of Mary Norwood. Atlanta is a has a non-partisan government, so all twelve candidates do not have a political affiliation.

New York City:

Incumbent Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio is favored to win his office back against Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis in the NYC Mayoral office. The race should end up being an easy stronghold for the NY Democrats. There is not a Libertarian Nominee, but Bo Dietl is running as an independent and Reform Party candidate Sal Albanese (which was the party that Donald Trump ran for President under in 2000), but they are both polling at 3% and 2%, respectively.

Seattle:

The two front-runners for the Seattle Mayoral race are both Democratic (officially Nonpartisan) women Jenny Durkan and Cary Moon. While there are 21 candidates, the Republican and Libertarian candidates have virtually no chance of winning.

While today isn’t really going to be an exciting day like Election Day last year, it still will be interesting to see all of the election results unfold.

71 Republic will be doing a live blog on all of the major races today, where we will be showing the polling, preliminary results, and more! Results from each race will be updated throughout 7pm-11pm in that respective time-zone.