The Republican primary race for Greenville County Sheriff has ended in a runoff, with no candidate receiving more than 50 percent of the votes.
That means the two candidates who received the most votes, Hobart Lewis and A.T. “Tommy” Smith, will now face off against each other in a runoff vote on Jan. 21.
Hobart Lewis won the night overall, receiving 11,236 votes, or 37.3 percent of the total number of votes.
Smith finished just behind him with 9,847 votes, or 32.7 percent of the total number of votes.
The results are as of yet still unofficial. The Greenville County Election Commission will officially finalize the results by Thursday.
The other three candidates, who did not qualify for the runoff, received the following number of votes:
Darius Hall: 5,153 votes, or 17.1 percent of the total number of votes
Robert Whatley: 2,684 votes, or 8.9 percent of the total number of votes
Sean Zukowsky: 1,201 votes, or 4 percent of the total number of votes.
Overall, 30,129 people voted in the special election, or just under ten percent of the 324,232 registered voters in the county, a low turnout typical of most special elections.