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Duane Lewis wins Berkeley County Sheriff runoff

Duane Lewis gives a speech after his victory over Brian Adams. (Source: WCSC) Duane Lewis gives a speech after his victory over Brian Adams. (Source: WCSC)
Brian Adams watches votes come in Tuesday night (Source: WCSC) Brian Adams watches votes come in Tuesday night (Source: WCSC)
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Duane Lewis has won the Berkeley County sheriff runoff following Tuesday's election.

Lewis faced Brian Adams for the GOP nomination for sheriff. 

Lewis received 5726 votes, while Adams got 5326. Results will be certified Thursday morning. 

Following his win, Lewis gave a speech at Gilligan's in Goose Creek about how grateful he was for the support. He says he is looking forward to this rest of his campaign and plans on making sure all of the voters concerns are heard.

"Most importantly, what I'm hearing is response times," said Lewis. "They are concerned about it and they want to see more deputies in their communities and in their neighborhoods, highly visible and responding to their calls in a timely fashion. Those are basic services that the Sheriff's Office should and and do it well."

"I did not make it. It is disappointing," said Brian Adams. "We hold our heads up high and be proud of what we've done. We have fought against a bunch of different people. I think we made a good, strong example of what people in this county can do." 

Lewis will face Democrat Anthony Smalls in the general election set for June 9. 

Election officials said turnout was low for the race; voter turnout was at about 9% when polls closed. 

Lewis is the Deputy Chief of Law Enforcement at Santee Cooper and previously worked at the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office. 

Adams has been a police officer with the City of Goose Creek and is now working with the North Charleston Police Department.

Last month, Adams had taken 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.

Lewis came in second with 13.05% of the votes followed by Rick Ollic at 12.31%, resulting in an automatic recount.

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