In a crowded field of candidates for the Beaufort County Sheriff's race, neither the Democratic winner nor Republican winner got 40% of the vote, meaning the second place finishers could request a runoff.
On the Republican side, Harry Meredith won with 1, 620 votes. Ernie Coleman came in second with 1,582 votes, followed by Donald Dixon with 961 and Rick Guthrie with 139.
The Beaufort County Board of Elections says the winner needed 1,721 to prevent the second place candidate from requesting a runoff.
On the Democratic side, Russell Davenport was the winner with 1, 651 votes. Al J. Whitney came in second with 1,606 votes, followed by Todd Alligood with 906, Gary Blount with 108 and Val Scales with 101.
The Beaufort County Board of Elections says the winner needed 1,749 to prevent the second place finisher from requesting a runoff.
Current Sheriff Alan Jordan did not seek re-election.
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