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Election Watch 2014: Runoff election to determine Beaufort County sheriff

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CHOCOWINITY, N.C. - In Beaufort County there were two races everyone was watching; the sheriffs race and the county commissioners race.
    
On the sheriff side, the field of 9 is down to just four.

There will be a run-off between Democratic candidates Al J. Whitney and Russell Davenport. 9 On Your Side talked to Whitney at the Board of Elections office about moving on to run-off.

On the Republican side Harry Meredith and Ernie Coleman also will battle in a runoff.

Three Republicans move on to November elections in the race for three open county commissioner seats. Voters elected Frankie Waters, Ron Buzzeo, and Keith Kidwell to compete against Democrats Ed Booth and Robert Cayton during the general election. Frankie Waters says even though this is his first time running of office, the experience has been great.

"It's pretty much what I expected.  We had one or two tough issues, but I'm in it for the long haul. I'm in it to win in November and be a commissioner," said Waters.

There was an issue with one of the voting machine’s key that caused about a 30 minute delay in getting the final unofficial results.

The issue was with the machine at the North Creek precinct on the other side of Bath. Elections officials had to bring the machine to the elections office in Washington.
    
The issue came after elections officials tried to turn a key to get access to the results printout and it would not turn.
   
Luckily, someone at the Board of Elections office was able to use another key to get the results printout.
    
Chairman of the Board of Elections Kellie Hopkins says it’s a first in the county.

If the key didn't work, officials say they had several others options before they would’ve considered a hand count.
    
One thing to note from this election, incumbent Stan Detherage lost his seat as a county commissioner.

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