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Sheriff Showdown: Tanner projected to win in Lowcountry

BEAUFORT, S.C. (WSAV) - It appears P.J. Tanner will win his fifth term in office as the sheriff of Beaufort County.

Tanner and Jojo Woodward headed home from their watch parties with 97 percent of precincts reporting.

"We're still not at 100%, which I like firm numbers when we talk about things," said Sheriff Tanner. "But I'm very, very, very pleased with the turnout."

News 3 will continue to bring you further updates on this race.

For the first time in over a decade, Beaufort County Sheriff P.J. Tanner has a running mate.

Jojo Woodward, who has served at the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office in the past, thinks it's time for a change.

“What are we going to do next hurricane? What are we going to do if there's a drug dealer next door? What are we going to do about this traffic? I can't get to Hilton Head on time?” Woodward asked. “Well guess what? We're gonna work on it. Everything is about work.”

Voters in the Lowcountry will make that decision Tuesday as Sheriff Tanner aims to keep his seat - a seat that’s been his since 1998.

“My responsibility is to Beaufort County, in totality, 647 square miles of responsibility,” Tanner said. “We wanted to make sure in communication that we were first and front and center on communication and between Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Irma we corrected those issues.”

For more on the Beaufort County elections, visit here.

Polls close at 7:00 p.m. News 3 will continue to bring you further updates as results come in.

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