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Challenger Narrowly Defeats Christopher in Sussex Sheriff GOP Primary

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Robert T. Lee Robert T. Lee
Incumbent candidate Sheriff Jeff Christopher Incumbent candidate Sheriff Jeff Christopher

GEORGETOWN, Del.- With all 14 precincts reporting, incumbent candidate Sheriff Jeff Christopher lost by 21 votes against challenger Robert T. Lee in the GOP primary race for Sussex County sheriff.

Christopher had 5,088 votes to Lee's 5,109. The race between the two candidates came down to one big difference. Currently, Delaware does not allow county sheriffs to have arrest power.

Christopher has been pushing for the past four years to change the rule, but has hit several road blocks.

Lee said he would like to stick with current position guidelines, and does not want to push for arrest power.

With such a close race, Christopher said, "We may ask for a recount if it's close, so we'll take a look at this a little bit more this evening and see what's up with it and if it is then I'll be glad to hand over the reins."

Commenting on his apparent victory, Lee said, "I am really happy. All day we've known it was going to be a very, very close race and it has shown that by the numbers."

Lee will go against Democratic candidate Ronald Beau Gooch in the November general election.

 

 

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