Standing Sheriff Dee Anderson will face challenger Bill Waybourn again for another vote on May 24.
Anderson had 83,400 votes (48.59 percent) to Waybourn’s 69,801 votes (40.67 percent), according to the Tarrant County elections page.
A third candidate, Democrat John Garris, received 18,426 votes (10.74 percent.) He dropped out of the race and supported Waybourn. With no Democrat running, the winner of the GOP primary will be the next sheriff.
Anderson has been sheriff since 2001 and was facing a strong challenge from Waybourn, the former Dalworthington Gardens police chief.
Regarding the runoff, Anderson told the Star-Telegram, “It’s just a process of keeping people enthused and getting the vote out.”