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Ross Wins In Washington County Sheriff's Race

Incumbent Washington County Sheriff James Ross won re-election during a special election Tuesday.

The state ordered Washington County to hold a new election for sheriff, after a close and contested finish to November's election.

Democrat James Ross, the current sheriff, came out on top with 2,190 votes. Republican challenger Greg Hassell had 2,065 votes.

Last November Ross defeated Hassell by just three votes. Hassell claimed there were voting irregularities and the state ordered a new election after Ross said he wouldn't object.

During early voting this time around Hassell claimed one of his poll observers came up with a different number of voters than the official computerized tally. Tuesday, he tells WITN the state Board of Elections corrected the issue, which ultimately did not affect the total number of votes cast, and that he's satisfied with the fairness of this special election, and will be satisfied whatever the results.


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