Duane Lewis wins race for Berkeley County sheriff

VIDEO: Polls close in Berkeley Co. Sheriff's election
Duane Lewis
Duane Lewis
Anthony Smalls
Anthony Smalls

Republican Duane Lewis has won the race for Berkeley County sheriff following Tuesday's election.

Lewis faced Democrat Anthony Smalls on the ballot but faced competition from write-in candidates Derrick Burbage, a former South Carolina state trooper and former Hanahan Police Chief M.C. Bellew.

A group of supporters of Brian Adams, who lost to Lewis in the Republican runoff, also pushed for him to be a write-in candidate in the race.

Unofficial results have Lewis with 46.88% of the vote with Smalls at 19.76%.

Write-ins garnered 33.36% of the vote.

Lewis had an early lead as polls closed at 7 p.m. based solely on absentee ballots.

Berkeley County's Director of Elections said power was not effected by the severe weather late Tuesday afternoon. Much of the Tri-County area was under a severe thunderstorm watch then a flash flood watch from afternoon rush hour and into the evening.

The winner of the election will serve the remaining three years of former Sheriff Wayne DeWitt's term.

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