Sheriff Ramsey Bennett fended off a strong challenge from Blackshear Police Major Robby Boatright to win a third term in office in Tuesday’s general primary election run-off.
Bennett defeated Boatright by a tally of 2,113 to 1,972 — a margin of 141 votes out of 4,085 cast.
Bennett built a 281 vote lead when absentees were tabulated and barely won early voting tallies by about 40 votes. Boatright won both the Pierce County Gym (Blackshear) and Eagle Station (Patterson) polling stations on election day, but it was not enough to win the election.
There is no Democratic nominee, so Bennett will be sworn-in for another term in January.
In the only other race on the run-off ballot, Democrats in the First U.S. Congressional District were deciding their nominee to challenge incumbent Republican Buddy Carter (R-Pooler).
Joyce Marie Griggs defeated Lisa Ring 111-69 in Pierce County. Griggs was leading district wide as well, but no winner has yet been declared.
Turn-out in Tuesday’s election was about 35 percent of Pierce County’s total registered voters.