BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A recount in Tuesday's Berkeley County Sheriff Republic Primary confirmed what the results already showed: Brian Adams will face Duane Lewis in a runoff.
Adams took a sizable portion of the votes in the Berkeley County Sheriff Republic Primary, which featured 14 candidates. At the end of the night, Adams was selected in 23.75% - 3,513 votes - of the ballots submitted in Berkeley County.
"I am humbled by the amount of support that I received from the last 48 hours from people all over the county," Adams said.
Lewis came in second with 13.05% of the votes followed by Rick Ollic at 12.31%, resulting in an automatic recount.
"Keep pushing, keeping getting into the communities and talking to them (and) tell them what my concerns are and see what their concerns are and what will affect them," Lewis said of his plans between now and the May 5 primary runoff.
Adams has been a police officer with the City of Goose Creek and is now working with the North Charleston Police Department.
Lewis is the Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement at Santee Cooper and previously worked at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office.
Voter turnout on Tuesday was 12.9%; officials say they expected 10-15% at the start of the day.