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Voting increased over primary in sheriff’s race

Interest in the Covington County sheriff’s runoff Tuesday was obviously high, as more votes were cast in the race than in the June 5 primary.

Voter turnout in Tuesday’s GOP runoff in Covington County was only 1 percent lower than combined Democrat and Republican voting during the June primaries.

The 8,278 voters who participated in the election Tuesday represent 31.31 percent of the 26,436 registered voters in the county.

And while there were slightly fewer voters participating Tuesday, there were actually 510 more votes cast in the sheriff’s race.

Given that 633 people voted a Democratic ballot in June and were not eligible to participate in the Republican run-off, returns show Tuesday’s polling pulled more than 400 voters who did not participate in the primary.

The higher Republican turnout brought change to the office of sheriff. Challenger Blake Turman, who ran second in June, defeated incumbent Dennis Meeks, who led on June 5.