POSTED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 7:35am
UPDATED: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 - 7:37am
GILMER — Sheriff Anthony Betterton won his re-election bid, meanwhile confusion at one voting location threw Upshur County's runoff election into turmoil, leaving one race unsettled Tuesday night.
Betterton defeated opponent Larry Webb by 25 votes in Tuesday's Republican Party primary runoff election. With no Democratic contenders, Betterton reclaimed the office for four more years with 2,318 votes to Webb's 2,293 votes.
"I would like to thank the citizens of Upshur County for allowing me four more years in office, and for understanding that the past year and a half has been extremely hard on me, my family and the employees of the Upshur County Sheriff's Office," Betterton said. "But I felt confident the voters of Upshur County would stand beside us despite the personal and political attacks on myself and the employees of the Upshur County Sheriff's Office."
With nine provisional ballots still to be counted, Webb said he was uncertain whether he would call for a recount.