Amid Knox Co. commission site "attack," Jacobs takes "WWE finish"

(WVLT) -- 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.

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 WVLT, Anders said he was not conceding until the provisional ballots have been counted.

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.

On Tuesday night, right before 9 p.m., sheriff candidate Lee Tramel conceded to Tom Spangler, saying, "I wish him all the luck. I've been able to leave my fingerprints on this agency. We've done a lot of good work and I don't have any regrets about that at all, and I wish Tom all the best."

"I talked to Tom, and told him if there’s anything I can do to help in this transition I will help him," Tramel continued. "We’re friends before this election, we were friends during this election and will be friends after it’s over tonight."

Sheriff (R): Tom Spangler has 16,229 votes at 65.47%; Lee Tramel has 8,559 votes at 34.5% as of 9 p.m.

A full list of election results is available here. Here's a quick look at some of the biggest races:

Knox County Mayor:

Brad Anders
Brad Anders (R) 14,616 votes, too close to call
Brad Anders says he's served in the Knoxville Police Department for 25 years and serves on the Knox County Commission. Anders says Knox County is heading in the right direction and wants to keep up the positive momentum with his "proven, effective leadership."

Glenn Jacobs
Glenn Jacobs (R) 14,633 votes, too close to call
Glenn Jacobs, a former WWE wrestler, says he is committed to keeping taxes low, quality of education, attracting new jobs to the area, improving roads and infrastructure, full transparency, safety communities and limited government.

Bob Thomas
Bob Thomas (R) 11,296 votes

Rebecca Deloa (D), 1,454 votes
Rebecca Deloa suspended her campaign after the deadline to remove her name from the ballot.

Rhonda Gallman (D), 1,924 votes

Linda Haney (D) 4,284, winner
Linda Haney says she's dedicating to keeping Knox County citizens informed. Haney wants to support the school board and education, and hopes to see the community school model expanded. She also wants to attract new business and focus on fixing infrastructure.


Tom Spangler (R) 26,241, winner
Tom Spangler touts his experience in the Air Force and law enforcement. Spangler says he established the Knox County Sheriff's regional training academy and an aviation unit, and hopes to embrace progress in the Sheriff's Office through training, technology and tactics.

Lee Tramel (R), 14,226

No democratic candidate qualified

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