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.