The race for Anson County Sheriff was a close one, but after all the ballots were counted late Monday night, Landric Reid came out on top, according to the unofficial results posted by the N.C. Board of Elections.
Reid won 39.60 percent of the vote, a total of 1,650. According to N.C. general statutes, a candidate must earn 40 percent of the votes to be declared the winner. Although Reid's total was just below 40 percent, no plans for a runoff or second primary will be announced until the canvas is completed May 13, Anson County Board of Elections director Steve Adams said.
Reid was followed closely by Mike Smith, with 1,400 votes, or 33.60 percent. Ricky Little was third with 963 votes, 23.11 percent, and Josh Beam came in with 154 votes, 3.70 percent.
No Republicans filed for the office of sheriff, so the race will be decided among the Democrats who filed, according to the Anson County Board of Elections.
Also locally, County Commissioner Vancine Sturdivant retained her seat, earning nearly 53 percent of the vote against challengers Robert J. Smith, who received 30.13 percent, and George C. Hodge, with 16.88 percent.
Board of Education incumbents received the most votes for the two at-large seats. At-large school board members Marilynn Bennett and Russell Sikes received 54.49 percent and 28.33 percent of the votes, respectively. Challengers Mary Tyler Moore and Josh Leviner received 12.6 percent and 4.59 percent of the votes, respectively. Bennett and Sikes will face Republican Brian Johnson on the November ballot.
In the U.S. Senate race, Kay Hagan soundly defeated her Democratic challengers with 70.60 percent of the vote in Anson County. Although Thom Tillis won the Republican nomination for Hagan's Senate seat, in Anson County, he was defeated by Mark Harris, 39.86 percent to 32.35 percent. On the state level, Tillis earned 45.69 percent of the vote to Harris' 27.14 percent, and Hagan won with 77.20 percent.
Voter participation was about 15 percent statewide, with 1,021,413 ballots cast out of 6,516,126 registered voters. In Anson County, voter participation was higher, at 26.84 percent. A total of 4,637 ballots were cast of 17,279.