Dorchester County Sheriff L.C. Knight defeated former sheriff’s deputy Mike Turner to hold onto his office.

Knight received more than 61 percent of the vote in unofficial results Tuesday.

The Republican primary winner is expected to be elected in November. No Democrat has filed to run.

Knight could not be reached for comment. He thanked supporters at a get-together at Miler Country Club in Summerville. Turner congratulated him on his victory.

Only about 10,000 people voted in a county with more than 84,000 registered voters.

“It was a strong race. The low voter turnout, I believe, affected me,” said Turner, who called his effort grassroots.

The election was the first easily won by Knight in three tries for the Sheriff’s Office. He was narrowly defeated in 2004 before winning in 2008.

It was a race between veteran lawmen.

Knight’s re-election echoes a family tradition in the county. He is the son of longtime sheriff Carl Knight, whose name is on the law enforcement building where he works.

The 48-year-old Turner, Dorchester District 2 schools security coordinator, campaigned against the 60-year-old Knight saying Knight used what Turner called an outdated policing model that didn’t give the public live information about crime.

Knight said the accusation was “full of mud.” Statistics showing a drop in crimes backed up the effectiveness of his approach.

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