Smith won 25 of 33 boxes
Democrat Grover Smith won 25 of 33 boxes Tuesday en route to his third term as Escambia County Sheriff.
Republican Heath Jackson won six boxes, and two — Bethel Roberts and Atmore Public Library .No. 1 — were tied.
Provisional ballots have not yet been counted, but the unofficial tally gave Smith 6,531 votes to Jackson’s 4,209.
County Republicans on Wednesday were touting their first victories in county offices — two school board seats for Cindy Jackson in District 4 and Sherry Digmon in District 6. Jackson will replace Richard Hawthorne, who did not seek re-election, and Digmon defeated incumbent Democrat Cereal Daniel.
Statewide, Republicans were overwhelming winners, taking statewide offices including governor (Robert Bentley), lieutenant governor (Kay Ivey) and attorney general (Luther Strange). Republicans also won control of the state House and Senate for the first time since Reconstruction.
In another history-making turn Tuesday night, Democrat Terri Sewell became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House from Alabama.
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