John A. “Tony” Keel, the chief deputy of the George County Sheriff's Department, won the popular vote in the 11-candidate race for the sheriff's position.
With 22 of 22 precincts reporting, Keel finished with 3,425 votes, or 47 percent, followed by Bobby Fairley with 1,650. They will face each other in a runoff Nov. 23.
Terry L. Brockway finished with 608, L.C. Fairley with 680, Lucedale Mayor Doug Lee with 309 and Jerry T. Havard with 207.
In the Congressional race, Republican Steven Palazzo won the county with 4,191 votes, followed by Rep. Gene Taylor with 2,982, Kenneth "Tim" Anderson with 42 and Anna Jewel Revies with 36.
Read more about this race in Wednesday's Sun Herald.